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(LEAD) 1 dead, 20 injured in plumbing accident

All Headlines 23:44 December 04, 2018

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SEOUL, Dec. 4 (Yonhap) -- A local heating pipe burst Tuesday evening in Goyang, north of Seoul, claiming one life and suspending district heating in the area as well, firefighters said.

According to the firefighters, one person apparently died from the accident in which a hot water pipe blew open and emitted hot water at around 8:00 p.m.

Investigators found the body of a 69-year-old victim inside a vehicle at the scene of the accident.

"The victim seems to have suffered burns after water flew into the car, but we need to investigate more," police said.

Around 20 pedestrians nearby were also taken to hospitals after getting burned in the accident. Two of them are in severe condition, they added.

Firefighters said the pipe emitted water which was around 80 C, leading to the injury of people at nearby buildings.

The cause of the accident has not been identified.

The district heating in the area is suspended due to the accident, which is expected to cause inconveniences to around 2,000 households.

Steam covers a street in Goyang, north of Seoul, on Dec. 4, 2018, after a hot water pipe burst. (Yonhap)

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