A fire in a warehouse in South Korea killed 38 people and left another 10 injured on Wednesday (Apr 29), according to reports.
The fire was in an unfinished four-storey building in Icheon, 80 kilometres southeast of Seoul, it spread quickly making it difficult for those inside to evacuate, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported citing fire officials.
Eight of the injured are in a serious condition, local officials said.
Suh Seung-hyun, chief of the Icheon fire service, told Yonhap that oil droplets may have ignited to start the blaze, but police and firefighters are investigating the exact cause of the accident.
President Moon Jae-in ordered government officials to mobilise all available resources in the search and rescue effort, Moon hosted an emergency meeting and ordered medical support for the injured, Yonhap said.
The president also voiced regret that another massive blaze had occurred in spite of new government safety measures following fatal fires in 2017 and 2018.