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(2nd LD) Fire at POSCO's steel mill under control, no casualties reported

All News 15:42 June 13, 2020

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SEOUL/POHANG, South Korea, June 13 (Yonhap) -- Firefighters put out a fire that broke out at POSCO's steel mill in the southeastern part of the country on Saturday, with no casualties reported.

The fire broke out at 12:30 p.m. at the steel mill in Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province, about 370 kilometers southeast of Seoul. It was extinguished about two hours later.

Firefighters have dispatched some 31 firetrucks and ambulances to the scene.

No casualties have been reported as the steel mill's workers evacuated immediately. The fire broke out at a stainless steel production plant.

"The fire broke out on some of our production lines, and we are currently investigating to find out the cause as well as the damages," said an official from POSCO, South Korea's top steelmaker.

POSCO, however, said there were no disruptions to its production as the line was already under maintenance.

Smoke billows as a fire occurs at a steel mill of South Korea's top steelmaker POSCO located in Pohang, 370 kilometers southeast of Seoul, in this photo provided by the Gyeongbuk Fire Service Headquarters on June 13, 2020. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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