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One resident dies in Guryong village fire

A fire occurred at Guryong village in Gaepo district, southern Seoul, at around 2 p.m., causing 139 residents to evacuate.

Police said a 71-year-old resident was found dead around 7 p.m.

Firefighter were able to contain most of the blaze at about 3:30 p.m., and are continuing to put out the last flames.

The fire, which started at a junk shop, burned through some 900 square meters of the town, including some 60 residences in 16 unauthorized housing structures.

Most residents evacuated to a nearby middle school. Guryong village was formed in 1988 as an unlicensed residential community, with over 1,000 low-income households residing in clustered shacks and makeshift buildings.

(khnews@heraldcorp.com)

 

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