S. Korean art museum site fire kills four

13 August 2012
A fire that engulfed an art museum construction site in Seoul has killed four workers
Rescue workers use a stretcher to move a victim (C) of a fire at a construction site in Seoul on August 13, 2012. The fire that engulfed the art museum construction site killed four workers and sent a huge pall of smoke over Seoul on August 13, firefighters said

A fire that engulfed an art museum construction site killed four workers and sent a huge pall of smoke over the South Korean capital Seoul Monday, firefighters said.

Almost 170 firefighters battled the blaze, which broke out in the basement of the site for a three-storey contemporary art museum. They were searching for any more victims Monday afternoon.

The blaze was fuelled by styrofoam panels, oxygen for welding and LPG containers. A total of 19 workers were injured, most of them by smoke inhalation while one fell from a crane trying to avoid the fumes.

An investigation is underway into the cause of the blaze.