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17 Chinese nationals feared dead in Hwaseong battery plant fire: officials

Xinhua | Updated: 2024-06-25 09:49
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The logo of South Korean battery maker Aricell is seen on the facade of its lithium battery factory following a deadly fire, in Hwaseong, South Korea, June 24, 2024. [Photo/Agencies] 

SEOUL - South Korean fire department officials said late Monday night that around 17 Chinese nationals were killed in the Hwaseong battery plant fire on the day earlier, but the exact number still needs to be further confirmed.

South Korean officials, including Gyeonggi Province Second Vice Governor Oh Who-seok, Hwaseong City Mayor Jeong Myeong-geun, and officials from the fire department, briefed Chinese Ambassador to South Korea Xing Haiming on the accident and the progress of search and rescue efforts at the scene.

South Korean officials said the accident has killed 22 people, 17 of them presumably to be Chinese nationals. Eight other people were injured, including one Chinese who was slightly injured, and all the injured have been properly treated. Firemen are still searching for the missing.

The South Korean side deeply mourns the tragic death of Chinese citizens in the accident and will assist China in doing its utmost to rescue and deal with the aftermath.

Xing urged the South Korean side to find out the cause of the accident as soon as possible, properly deal with the aftermath, and provide all necessary support for the families of the Chinese victims.

Xing told media at the scene that the Chinese embassy is working with the South Korean side to do its best to deal with the aftermath of the accident. It is hoped that South Korean businesses will learn a painful lesson, refrain from similar incidents in the future and earnestly safeguard the safety of Chinese citizens in South Korea.

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