Firefighters try to extinguish at an eight-floor building in Jecheon, South Korea, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. (Kim Hyung-woo/Yonhap via AP)
A fire which killed 29 people in South Korea Thursday is the country’s deadliest in nine years, according to the country’s National Fire Agency.
The fire ripped through an eight-story building in the city of Jecheon in North Chungcheong province just before 4 p.m. local time Thursday (3 a.m. ET), according to an official from the North Chungcheong Fire Service.
Twenty bodies, including 18 women and two men, were found in the public bath on the second floor of the building, a Jecheon city spokesman said Friday. The others were found on the higher floors of the building, which included a gym and restaurants.
The dead include 23 women and six men, KBS reported. All but one — a male victim — have been identified, the Jecheon city spokesman said.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited the site of the blaze Friday, a spokesman for the presidential Blue House told CNN, as the Jecheon mayor promised a thorough investigation.
The city would also provide financial support for the funerals of those killed, and medical fees for another 29 people who suffered minor injuries in the blaze, said Mayor Lee Keun-kyu.