In relation to a fire that broke out in an apartment in Dobong-gu, Seoul in the early morning on Christmas Day last year and killed two residents, a resident in his 70s where the fire first broke out was criminally charged.

Seoul Dobong Police Station announced that it had booked Mr. Kim, a man in his 70s and a resident of the third-floor apartment where the fire occurred, on charges of aggravated murder, aggravated manslaughter, and aggravated manslaughter and investigated him on the 21st of last month.

On the morning of December 25 last year, a fire broke out on the third floor of a 23-story apartment in Banghak-dong, Dobong-gu, killing two people and seriously injuring 30 people.

Police and fire authorities conducted a joint on-site investigation, believing that the initial fire started on the third floor where Mr. Kim lived.

During the joint inspection, a lighter and cigarette butts believed to have been used by Mr. Kim were discovered in a small room in Mr. Kim's house.

During the police investigation, Mr. Kim admitted to smoking, but reportedly stated that he had put out his cigarette and did not know why the fire started.

A police official said, "The room where the fire first started was where Mr. Kim played games alone and smoked, and his wife did not smoke, so we only found suspicion against Mr. Kim," adding, "However, it does not seem very likely that it was arson." “He said.