The scene of the deadly fire at the bus terminal and
shopping mall complex in Goyang. REUTERS/Gyeonggi province
fire and disaster management headquarters/News1
A fire at a bus terminal and shopping complex in a busy
suburban neighbourhood has killed six people and injured more
than 40, the latest in a series of accidents in South Korea,
including a ferry disaster that killed more than 300.
The fire broke out in the morning on Monday (local time) in
the terminal complex north of Seoul that houses large
shopping malls and a movie theatre.
Fire officials said the blaze started in the food court area,
where renovations were being carried out and a welding torch
was likely responsible. Most of the victims suffered from
smoke inhalation, they said.
South Korea, Asia's fourth-largest economy and a
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.
The country is mourning more than 300 people who drowned when
a heavily overloaded ferry capsized and sank on April 16, the
country's worst maritime disaster in 20 years. Many of the
dead were students and teachers from the same school.
There have since been two subway accidents that left nearly
200 people injured.
President Park Geun-hye and her government have faced sharp
criticism of the way they handled the ferry disaster. Park
has promised to overhaul safety oversight and has broken up
the coast guard to streamline maritime search and rescue