South Korea bus terminal fire kills six

Last updated 23:11 26/05/2014

Deadly fire sweeps through a bus terminal and shopping complex on the outskirts of the South Korean capital, killing several people.

Relevant offers

Asia

South Korea ferry disaster fugitive found dead MH17 black boxes recovered after secret talks Kim Jong Un's not a happy chappy China sends spy ship off Hawaii MH17: Singapore Airlines apologises for tweet Developing a better female condoms MH17: Russia has 'one last chance' Malaysia Airlines employees having tough time Legal claims could await Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash site could be compromised

A fire at a bus terminal and shopping complex in a busy suburban neighbourhood killed six people and injured more than 40 on Monday, the latest in a series of accidents in South Korea, including a ferry disaster that killed more than 300.

The fire broke out in the morning in the terminal complex north of Seoul that houses large shopping malls and a movie theatre.

Fire officials said the blaze started in the food court area, where renovations were being carried out and a welding torch was likely responsible. Most of the victims suffered from smoke inhalation, they said.

South Korea, Asia’s fourth-largest economy and a manufacturing powerhouse, has developed into one of the world’s most vibrant and technically advanced democracies, but faces criticism that regulatory controls and safety standards have not kept pace.

The country is mourning more than 300 people who drowned when a heavily overloaded ferry capsized and sank on April 16, the country’s worst maritime disaster in 20 years. Many of the dead were students and teachers from the same school.

There have since been two subway accidents that left nearly 200 people injured.

President Park Geun-hye and her government have faced sharp criticism of the way they handled the ferry disaster. Park has promised to overhaul safety oversight and has broken up the  coast guard to streamline maritime search and rescue operations.   


Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content