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Fire breaks out near bus terminal in South Korea, five dead

Published on May 26, 2014 10:04 AM

SEOUL (REUTERS) - A fire at a bus terminal and shopping complex in a busy suburban neighbourhood north of Seoul killed five people and injured dozens on Monday, the latest in a series of accidents in South Korea.

The blaze broke out in the morning in the terminal complex that houses large shopping malls and a movie theatre. Fire officials said the fire started in the food court area where renovation was being carried out and a welding torch was likely responsible.

Most of victims suffered from smoke inhalation, they said.

South Korea, Asia's fourth-largest economy and a leading manufacturing powerhouse, has developed into one of the world's most vibrant and technically advanced democracies, but faces criticism that regulatory controls and safety standards have not kept pace.

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