Death toll from SKorean bus terminal fire rises to 6

SEOUL – Six people were killed and 42 injured Monday morning in a fire at a bus terminal multiplex in Goyang, just northwest of Seoul.

Officials briefing reporters outside Goyang Bus Terminal said the victims were found in the building’s basement, where construction work was in progress to add a new food court to the five-story multiplex.

Several of those injured are in critical condition in nearby hospitals.

The incident temporarily affected local subway operations and brought rush-hour traffic in the vicinity to a halt as smoke filled the sky.

Firefighters were able to contain the blaze about 20 minutes after it started at around 09:10 a.m.

A hastily established emergency team responded immediately, following criticism of the government’s slow response to last month’s ferry disaster – which left 300 people dead or still missing.

Only a week ago, President Park Geun-hye offered a tearful public apology for her handling of the aftermath of the Sewol ferry sinking, vowing to improve the country’s safety standards and disaster response.

Officials in Goyang are investigating the possibility that Monday’s bus terminal fire may have been started by sparks from a welding work.

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