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Fire in South Korea kills 7, injures dozens; arson suspected

Fire in South Korea kills 7, injures dozens; arson suspected
A fire suspected to be arson killed at least seven and injured 46 Thursday at a law firm in the southern city of Daegu, officials said. Photo by Yonhap

SEOUL, June 9 (UPI) -- A fire on Thursday at a law firm in the southern city of Daegu, South Korea, has left at least seven people dead and 46 people injured, officials said.

The case is being investigated as a possible act of arson. Police investigators identified a suspect in his 50s based on CCTV footage, but said that he is believed to have been killed at the scene.

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Officials said the suspect had called the lawyer's office several times with a grudge over the handling of his case, according to news agency Yonhap.

The fire department responded to a report of an explosion and black smoke coming from the second floor of a seven-story building housing law offices near Daegu district court at around 10:55 a.m. Some 60 fire trucks and more than 150 firefighters responded to the scene and were able to extinguish the blaze in 20 minutes.

Daegu, a city of 2.4 million, was the site of the deadliest arson incident in South Korean history, a 2003 subway fire that killed 192 people and injured 151 others.

South Korea has also suffered a number of deadly accidental fires in recent years that have raised concerns about industrial safety standards, including a 2020 warehouse blaze near the city of Incheon that killed 38 and a hospital fire in the city Miryang that left 37 dead.

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