In South Korea, 19 people were killed and 44 injured when a fire broke out at a nine-storey hotel in the capital, Seoul, on Thursday (17 October).
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Background: In South Korea, 19 people were killed and 44 injured when a fire broke out at a nine-storey hotel in the capital, Seoul, on Thursday (17 October).
Eight of the injured are still in hospital and are reported to be in serious condition.
A police spokesman said those who died were either soffocated, burned to death or killed jumping from windows.
Police said the blaze was caused by a short-circuit in a fourth-floor corridor of the hotel, which is not far from the 22-storey Daiyunkak Hotel where more than 160 people died in a Christmas Eve fire in 1971. The heavy casualties were due to insufficient hotel fire-fighting equipment and to thick smoke and gas.
The owner of the hotel and two employees have been arrested.