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Fire at South Korean Battery Plant in Hwaseong Leaves Many Dead

June 24, 2024
Fire at South Korean Battery Plant

A devastating fire at a battery factory in Hwaseong, South Korea, has claimed the lives of at least 23 workers. The blaze erupted on Monday at 10:31 AM local time, trapping dozens of employees inside the primary battery plant.

Firefighters battled the flames for nearly five hours, deploying over 150 fire engines and 60 pieces of equipment, but the intense heat and presence of lithium batteries made extinguishing the fire exceptionally challenging.

According to The Korea Herald, Authorities believe the fire originated on the second floor of the three-story factory, where an estimated 35,000 lithium batteries were stored. Sadly, by the time the fire was extinguished at 3:10 PM, it’s believed 23 workers perished in the blaze.

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One individual tragically suffered a fatal heart attack before the official investigation began. Two others sustained serious injuries, while four more received minor injuries likely from smoke inhalation.

This incident serves as a stark reminder of the dangers associated with lithium battery production and the importance of robust safety protocols.

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