S. Korean art museum site fire kills four

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.


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