A fire in a South Korea shopping mall killed 4 and injured more than 40 people

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A fire in a South Korea shopping mall killed four and injured more than 40 others, authorities said on Sunday. Police suspect that sparks from a welding torch might have started the fire on Saturday in a kids’ play area in the mall in Dongtan, a commuter town south of Seoul.

Two of the four who died were builders and the others were a mall worker and a shopper. Most of the 47 injured complained of smoke inhalation, reports BSS.

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The play area was closed at the time of the fire. Fire authorities urged builders to follow safety regulations, noting that welding torches were blamed for past blazes.

These include a December 2008 warehouse fire in the eastern city of Icheon that claimed eight lives and a shopping mall blaze at a bus terminal in Koyang, north of Seoul, which killed nine and injured 60.

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