This photo provided by a passer-by shows black smoke emanating from the Hyundai Premium Outlet in Daejeon, 160 kilometers south of Seoul, in South Korea, after a fire broke out in the mall, on September 26, 2022.
This photo provided by a passer-by shows black smoke emanating from the Hyundai Premium Outlet in Daejeon, 160 kilometers south of Seoul, in South Korea, after a fire broke out in the mall, on September 26, 2022. Yonhap/IANS

Seven dead in S. Korea shopping mall fire

Seoul, September 26, 2022

A major fire broke out at a shopping mall in South Korea's Daejeon city on Monday, leaving seven people dead, while a search operation is underway for more possible victims, officials said.

The blaze is believed to have started from the basement parking lot at Hyundai Premium Outlet mall in Daejeon, about 160 km south of Seoul, at 7.45 a.m. and spread quickly to cardboard boxes stored there, sending dark smoke through the entire floor, Yonhap News Agency quoted witnesses and survivors as saying.

Two men, one in his 50s and the other in his 30s, were found with serious injuries and sent to a hospital, but later pronounced dead in the morning.

Five more people died later, while a search is under way to confirm the exact extent of the damage from the fire, according to the officials.

Some 110 people, mostly customers at nearby accommodation buildings and employees, were evacuated.

No outlet customers were around, as the fire broke before the mall's business hours.

More than 126 personnel and 40 pieces of firefighting equipment were combating the fire, but they were having difficulties in the search operation due to massive amounts of smoke issued from burning paper boxes in the mall's underground cargo handling area.

Fire authorities are conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the fire, including the possibility of the explosion of an electric car that was being charged in an underground parking garage.

IANS

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