2 firefighters found dead in meat factory fire

Two firefighters were found dead early Thursday after they were trapped at a burning meat processing factory in the central city of Mungyeong while on a mission to search for fire victims, authorities said. Rescuers retrieved the bodies of the firefighters, Kim, 27, and Park, 35, from the third floor of the fire-damaged factory building in Mungyeong, 140 kilometers southeast of Seoul, at 1:01 a.m and 4:14 a.m., respectively, the fire agency of the North Gyeongsang Province said. Together with two other coworkers, the two firefighters were searching for any remaining victims inside the building and locating the origin of the fire on the third floor when they were engulfed by the flames and trapped, the authorities said. As the flames rapidly spread, the firefighters attempted to evacuate the building through the stairs but appear to have failed, according to the authorities. The fire started in the four-story meat processing factory at 7:47 p.m. the previous day, and the main body of the blaze was brought under control shortly after midnight. Five workers were reported to have evacuated the building, with one of them sent to a hospital after inhaling smoke. Some 331 firefighters and 47 fire engines and other equipment were mobilized to combat the blaze. Source: Yonhap News Agency