Bus Terminal Fire Kills Seven

The Goyang Bus Terminal in Gyeonggi Province is engulfed in black
smoke on Monday. /News 1

Englishnews, May 27, 2014

A fire in a bus terminal in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province on Monday morning left seven people dead and more than 50 injured.

The fire was extinguished within 28 minutes, but sprinklers and fire-resistant shutters between the floors designed to block toxic gas did not work properly, causing many casualties.

The fire was started by sparks from gas pipe welding work at a shop on the first basement level, police said.

Soon afterwards, the fire spread to the ceiling and nearby combustible materials, producing toxic smoke that billowed upward, firefighters said.

Most of the casualties were terminal staff, police and firefighters said. All of them appeared to have died from inhaling toxic smoke. The injured were taken to nearby hospitals.

At the time, about 700 people were inside the building, which beside the bus terminal contains a cinema and a shopping mall.

Most evacuated when they heard the sound of sirens.

A firefighter said several fire-resistant shutters did not work properly. For some reason the sprinklers on the ground floor were not activated either.

englishnews@chosun.com / May 27, 2014 11:49 KST

Link to this story

G+ Comments

Facebook Comments


Live & Die for Buddhism

candle

Maha Ghosananda

Maha Ghosananda

Supreme Patriarch of Cambodian Buddhism (5/23/1913 - 3/12/07). Forever in my heart...

Problems we face today

jendhamuni pink scarfnature

Of the many problems we face today, some are natural calamities and must be accepted and faced with equanimity. Others, however, are of our own making, created by misunderstanding, and can be corrected...

Major Differences

Major Differences in Buddhism

Major Differences in Buddhism: There is no almighty God in Buddhism. There is no one to hand out rewards or punishments on a supposedly Judgement Day ...read more

My Reflection

My Reflection

This site is a tribute to Buddhism. Buddhism has given me a tremendous inspiration to be who and where I am today. Although I came to America at a very young age, however, I never once forget who I am and where I came from. One thing I know for sure is I was born as a Buddhist, live as a Buddhist and will leave this earth as a Buddhist. I do not believe in superstition. I only believe in karma.

A Handful of Leaves

A Handful of Leaves

Tipitaka: The pali canon (Readings in Theravada Buddhism). A vast body of literature in English translation the texts add up to several thousand printed pages. Most -- but not all -- of the Canon has already been published in English over the years. Although only a small fraction of these texts are available here at Access to Insight, this collection can nonetheless be a very good place to start.

Just the way it is

1. Accept everything just the way it is.
2. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.
3. Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.
4. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.
5. Be detached from desire your whole life long.
6. Do not regret what you have done.
7. Never be jealous.
8. Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.
9. Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself nor... read more