Paju townhouse fire… 110-year-old grandmother and 3 family members


This morning (19th), a 110-year-old grandmother and a 70-year-old daughter and a couple died in a fire in Paju, Gyeonggi-do. Last night, there was a big fire at the Cheongnyangni Agricultural and Fishery Market in Seoul.

Correspondent Choi Seong-gil.

A crimson flame can be seen through the window, and smoke is constantly spewing out.

At around 7:10 this morning, a fire broke out on the third floor of a row house in Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do.

[목격자 : 불이 연기가 막 나더라고, 위로 솟아 올라가더라고. 우리가 나오니까, 빨간 불길이 많이 나왔어요.]

The 110-year-old mother, daughter and son-in-law in their 70s, who lived in this house, were found collapsed near the front door and taken to the hospital, but eventually died.

The police and fire department are investigating the exact cause of the fire based on the report of the reporter that the fire started with a ‘pop’ sound.

Flames engulf the market stores and black smoke billows into the sky.

At dawn this morning, a big fire broke out at the Cheongnyangni Agricultural and Fishery Market in Seoul, and 13 stores that were closely attached were burned.

Fortunately, there were no casualties, but property damage estimated at 130 million won was caused by the fire department.

[김창섭/동대문소방서 소방행정과장 : 이런 구조의 시장 건물인 경우 지붕에 올라가서 뚫어야 하는데, 오늘 눈이 좀 많이 내린 관계로 미끄럽고 해서….]

To determine the exact cause of the fire, the police and fire department decided to conduct a joint investigation tomorrow morning.

A crane is lifting a car that has fallen into the tidal flat.

At around 12:50 PM today, a car with five family members in Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do crashed into the tidal flat while driving along the coastal road.

Fortunately, no one was injured, but the police believe the accident was caused by inexperienced driving.

(Video coverage: Seo Jin-ho, video editing: Yoon Tae-ho, screen provided: Seoul Dongdaemun Fire Station, Gyeonggi Paju Fire Station, Pyeongtaek Maritime Police Station)

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