Warehouse blaze leaves 40 dead

From Times Wire Reports

Forty workers died when a fire and explosions ripped through a nearly completed cold-storage warehouse in the South Korean city of Icheon.

The dead were found in the basement when the fire was extinguished, said Kim Jung-geun, a fire official in Icheon, about 50 miles southeast of Seoul.

Ten others were hospitalized for burns and smoke inhalation, Kim said. Seven people escaped.


Workers were injecting urethane foam into the walls of the facility in the basement when the fire started, Kim said.