A fire in a shopping mall in a South Korean city kills 7


Seoul, South Korea — A fire broke out in the basement of a shopping mall in the South Korean city of Daejeon on Monday, killing at least seven people, officials said.

Firefighters were continuing to search for survivors after extinguishing the blaze, said Go Seung-cheol, an official with the Daejeon Fire Department headquarters. He said it was not immediately clear if there were still any missing people and smoke remained in parts of the building.

The fire started around 7:45 a.m. and quickly spread to the basement loading dock area, prompting the evacuation of more than 110 people, including mall employees and shoppers. a nearby hotel. Officials said the damage could have been worse if the fire had started during the mall’s opening hours.

More than 500 firefighters and 90 vehicles were deployed to battle the blaze, which was extinguished around 3 p.m., Go said. Photos from the scene showed a cloud of dark gray smoke emerging from under the building as firefighters used garden hoses and other equipment to extinguish the fire.

Lee Seung-han, a fire official with the Yuseong Fire Department, said six of those found dead were mall employees and officials were still trying to identify the other victim. Lee and Go had no immediate comment on the cause of death.

Firefighters and police were investigating the cause of the fire. Local media cited eyewitness reports suggesting the fire may have been caused by the explosion of an electric vehicle that was being charged in the basement.

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