Death toll from SKorean bus terminal fire rises to 7

Number of injured persons increases to 58 due to after-effects from suffocation

Death toll from SKorean bus terminal fire rises to 7

World Bulletin/News Desk

The death toll from a fire at a bus terminal multiplex northwest of Seoul rose to seven Tuesday as the number of injured persons also increased to 58.

Although officials had told reporters Monday that the initial six victims from Monday morning’s fire at Goyang Bus Terminal were found in the building’s basement, it was clarified Tuesday that just one of the bodies had been recovered there.

The other five were found near the ticket office and restroom on the second floor, and the seventh victim died after succumbing to serious injuries.

More people checked into hospitals Tuesday due to after-effects from suffocation, while several of those injured remain in critical condition.

Firefighters contained the blaze about 20 minutes after it started at around 09:10 a.m. in the first basement level, where construction work was in progress to add a new food court to the five-story multiplex.

A hastily established emergency team responded immediately, following criticism of the government’s slow response to last month’s ferry disaster – which left 300 people dead or still missing.

Only a week ago, President Park Geun-hye offered a tearful public apology for her handling of the aftermath of the Sewol ferry sinking, vowing to improve the country’s safety standards and disaster response.

Officials in Goyang are investigating the possibility that Monday’s bus terminal fire may have been started by sparks from a welding work.

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