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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on May 7th, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Fire In Busan Claims The Lives of 9 People

This is the 2nd tragic fire in recent years in Busan:

 Nine people were killed, including two foreigners, and 10 others injured when a fire raged through a karaoke facility in Busan, police said Sunday. The death toll could rise as two of the injured are in critical condition.

The blaze broke out in one of the 26 rooms at the karaoke lounge on the third floor of a six-story building in the southeastern port city around 8:55 p.m. Saturday, causing smoke to spread quickly through the facility and customers to panic, witnesses and police said.

Most of the fatal victims died from inhaling toxic gases, police said. The dead include two foreigners, one of them a 20-year-old Sri Lankan national. The identity of the other was not available.

Police said smoke apparently made customers unable to find exits and led to the large toll.  [Yonhap]

The last mass casualty fire in Busan happened in 2009 when 10 people including  Japanese tourists died in that fire.

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