Fire breaks out at downtown construction site; no fatalities
A fire broke out yesterday morning at the construction site of Chungmuro Residence & Hotel in Myeongdong, downtown Seoul, injuring at least 13, police officials said.
No fatalities were reported and the fire was contained in about an hour.
Forty-three construction workers were immediately evacuated to the rooftop of the building after it caught fire, and roads between Myeongdong Cathedral and Namsan Tunnel No. 1 were blocked. All 13 injured were transported to a nearby hospital for smoke inhalation, authorities said.
“We think the blaze was due to a worker’s negligence during a welding operation in the first basement floor,” said a firefighter who was at the site. “Smoke soon filled the entire building, so we evacuated everyone to the rooftop and then escorted them down to the ground.”
Thirty-nine fire trucks and 141 firefighters and emergency workers were mobilized to the scene.