Fire Kills About 20 People in South Korean
About 20 people died Thursday when a fire broke out in a building that houses a fitness center in the South Korean city of Jecheon.
The National Fire Agency said most of the victims were killed in a sauna after the fire started in a vehicle and swept throughout the eight story building, trapping many people inside.
"The fire produced so much toxic smoke so quickly, leaving many people unable to evacuate," an agency spokesman said.
Jecheon is a scenic city with mountain and lakes that is located about 118 kilometers southeast of the capital of Seoul.
Ferry Carrying over 200 Passengers Capsizes off Remote Philippine Island
The Philippine coast guard said a ferry carrying 251 people capsized in the waters off a remote island Thursday.
A coast guard spokesman says rescue boats and helicopters have been dispatched to an area near Polillo island, about 70 kilometers northeast of Manila. The ferry sank as it was sailing through a rough storm on a trip from the town of Real in Quezon province to Polillo.
The coast guard spokesman said there are reports of casualties from the capsized ship, but they have not been confirmed.
Sea accidents are a common occurrence in the Philippines, with vessels poorly maintained and overcrowded due to lax oversight.