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(3rd LD) One employee dead, others injured in hotel fire

21:02 January 14, 2019

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CHEONAN, South Chungcheong Province, Jan. 14 (Yonhap) -- A huge fire tore through a 21-story hotel in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province, on Monday, leaving one employee dead and at least 19 others injured.

The 53-year-old hotel worker was found dead on the first basement level of the Ramada Encore Cheonan hotel, authorities said. Nineteen people, including four firefighters, suffered inhalation and were sent to a nearby hospital. Three of them were severely injured.

The fire broke out at the 21-story building around 4:46 p.m. The fire is believed to have started in the basement but its exact cause remains unconfirmed.

Plumes of smoke come out of the Ramada Encore Cheonan hotel in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province, on Jan. 14, 2019 in this photo provided by a local resident. (Yonhap)

The hotel, which has a total of 420 rooms, opened in September last year.

lcd@yna.co.kr
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