SEVEN DIE IN HOUS­ING FIRE

Herald Sun - - WORLD -

A FIRE at a low-cost dor­mi­tory-style hous­ing fa­cil­ity in cen­tral Seoul yes­ter­day killed at least seven peo­ple and in­jured 11 oth­ers, fire au­thor­i­ties said.

The cause of the fire, now ex­tin­guished, is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion and the death toll could rise, of­fi­cials at the Seoul Met­ro­pol­i­tan Fire and Dis­as­ter Head­quar­ters said.

The fa­cil­ity, “goshi­won” in Korean, is where poor man­ual labour­ers or stu­dents stay in rooms with tiny sleep and study spa­ces.

South Korean me­dia re­ported most of the vic­tims were labour­ers aged in their 40s to 60s.

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