Deadly dorm house blaze

NT News - - WORLD -

KOREA: A FIRE at a low-cost dor­mi­tory-style hous­ing fa­cil­ity in cen­tral Seoul has killed at least seven peo­ple and in­jured 11 oth­ers.

The blaze has been ex­tin­guished but it re­mains to be seen whether the death toll could rise, of­fi­cials at the Seoul Met­ro­pol­i­tan Fire & Dis­as­ter Head­quar­ters said.

The cause of the fire is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the of­fi­cials said. The fa­cil­ity, called “goshi­won” in Korean, is where poor man­ual labour­ers or stu­dents pre­par­ing for bar ex­ams stay in in­di­vid­ual rooms with tiny spa­ces.

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