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One employee dead, others injured in hotel fire

By Yonhap
  • Published : Jan 14, 2019 - 19:20
  • Updated : Jan 15, 2019 - 08:51

A huge fire tore through a 21-story hotel in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province, on Monday, leaving one employee dead and at least 19 others injured.


(Yonhap)

The 53-year-old hotel worker was found dead on the first basement level of the Ramada Encore Cheonan hotel, authorities said. Nineteen people, including four firefighters, suffered inhalation and were sent to a nearby hospital. Three of them were severely injured.

The fire broke out at the 21-story building around 4:46 p.m.

The fire is believed to have started in the basement but its exact cause remains unconfirmed. 

The hotel, which has a total of 420 rooms, opened in September last year. (Yonhap)