Early today (12th), a fire broke out in a multi-family home in Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, injuring three people. Police believe that a teenager who lived in the house where the fire first started started the fire on purpose and are investigating the exact motive for the crime.

Reporter Park Seo-kyung covered the story.


Smoke continues to pour out of the window.

At around 4:40 this morning, a fire broke out on the 3rd floor of a 6-story multi-family house in Junggok-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul.

The fire was extinguished within an hour, but three residents were taken to the hospital, including a woman in her 20s who lived on the fourth floor who fell to the first floor during evacuation and seriously injured her head.

When Ms. A, a teenage woman living on the third floor, heard the fire, she immediately ran to a nearby convenience store and asked for her report.

[Convenience store employee: She said there was a fire and I had to report it quickly. She didn't have a cell phone, so I lent her my cell phone. She told me to go quickly and wake up everyone nearby, and that I would chase after her... .]

However, during the police investigation, Ms. A was pessimistic about her safety and stated that she had set the fire.

The police urgently arrested Ms. A on suspicion of arson and are investigating her exact motive for the crime.


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Red flames rise above the car next to the building.

At around 0:40 a.m., a fire broke out in an SUV parked in a residential area in Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do.

No one was injured, but damage to vehicles and buildings was estimated at 13 million won, according to the fire department.

Fire authorities believe the fire started from a cigarette butt and are investigating the exact cause of the fire.


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At around 1 p.m., a fire broke out on a hill in Cheongpyeong-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do.

The fire was extinguished within one hour after burning 6,600 m2 of forest land.

Forestry authorities estimate that embers were brought to the mountain while burning trash at a private home.

(Video editing: Taeho Yoon, Screen provided by: Gwangjin Fire Station in Seoul, Wansan Fire Station in Jeonju, Northern Gyeonggi Fire Department)