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S Korea: 4 dead, about 20 injured in Seoul fire

Last Updated: Monday, August 13, 2012 - 14:41

Seoul: Fire officials in the South Korean capital say a large blaze at a construction site near a 600-year-old palace has killed at least four workers and injured about 20.

They say Gyeongbok palace wasn`t damaged by today`s fire, which filled Seoul`s central district with smoke.

Seoul Metropolitan Fire and Disaster official Kim Byung-ro says the workers died after inhaling toxic smoke. One of the injured is in critical condition.

Kim says the blaze started when a spark from construction at the site of a national art museum landed in combustible material.

About 170 firefighters extinguished the fire in about an hour.

In 2008, an arsonist destroyed a gate in Seoul regarded as a South Korean national treasure. It`s now being rebuilt.


First Published: Monday, August 13, 2012 - 14:41
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