10 killed in fire at S. Korean deportation center

February 11, 2007 05:25


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A fire at a detention center in South Korea killed 10 foreigners and injured 17 others, mostly Chinese, who were waiting deportation for illegal entry, a fire department official said Sunday. Nine Chinese and one Uzbeck were killed in the pre-dawn fire at the detention center in Yeosu, some 455 kilometers south of Seoul, said the official said. The 17 injured were mostly Chinese, he said. The exact cause of the fire, which started on the third floor of the four-story building, was not yet known, police said. Yonhap news agency said the center was holding 55 foreigners, mostly Chinese and that the rest of the detainees had been safely rescued.

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