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71-year-old Man Sets Fire in Seoul Subway Train

SEOUL, South Korea — A 71-year-old man set fire on a subway train in Seoul on Wednesday, but no casualties were reported, police officers said.

The fire started at around 10:50 a.m. when the arsonist, identified only by his surname Cho, doused a seat inside a subway car approaching Dogok Station on Line 3 with flammable liquid and ignited it, they said.

The blaze was brought under control in roughly six minutes by subway employees, the officers said, adding that some 370 passengers on the train evacuated immediately.

Police said they were questioning Cho after rounding him up at a nearby hospital where he was receiving treatment for mild burns.

The accident came hours after a fire ripped through a nursing home in Jangseong County, some 300 kilometers south of Seoul, killing at least 21 people, mostly elderly patients, and injuring eight others.

Source: Busan eFM News



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