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(4th LD) Daegu sauna fire kills 2, injures over 70

National 13:49 February 19, 2019

(ATTN: RECASTS headline, lead with updates on casualties)

DAEGU, Feb. 19 (Yonhap) -- Two people were killed and more than 70 injured after a fire broke out Tuesday at a public sauna in Daegu, firefighters said.

The fire started at 7:11 a.m. in the men's sauna on the fourth floor of a seven-story building in the city, about 302 kilometers southeast of Seoul. Firefighters put out the fire in about 20 minutes.

This photo, taken and provided by a reader, shows thick gray smoke bellowing from a building in the southeastern city of Daegu on Feb. 19, 2019, where a sauna caught fire and claimed two lives. (Yonhap)

Most of the victims were found to have inhaled smoke and were sent to the hospital, including the two deceased and three others who suffered severe burns.

The sauna occupies the third to fifth floors of the building, while the upper stories are residential units. Restaurants are located on the first and second floors.

A witness told police the fire started at the entrance to the men's sauna.

Police are investigating the scene to find out the exact cause.

elly@yna.co.kr
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