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Fire at battery factory in South Korea leaves at least 20 dead

Around 20 bodies were found after a fire at a battery factory in South Korea this Monday (24), Yonhap news agency reported.

Earlier, the first death was confirmed by the National Fire Agency in a statement.

One person is currently in critical condition, while two other people who suffered smoke inhalation returned home after receiving treatment, a local fire department official said.

The fire reportedly broke out at around 10:31 a.m. (local time) at a lithium battery factory owned by South Korean battery maker Aricell in Hwaseong, south of the capital Seoul, when a series of battery cells exploded in a battery unit. storage that housed 35,000 of these products, the official added.

Of the 67 workers who showed up for work, 21 are still missing and are potentially trapped inside, according to the official.

(With input from Hyonhee Shin, Minwoo Park and Daewoung Kim)

Source: CNN Brasil

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