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Exploding batteries spark deadly fire at South Korean factory 

At least 22 people have died after a series of lithium batteries exploded, sparking a huge factory fire in South Korea.

The blaze broke out on Monday morning at the Aricell plant in Hwaseong city, about 45km (28 miles) south of the capital, Seoul.

The fire was extinguished around five hours later, and firefighters were able to enter the factory, said Hwaseong Fire Department official Kim Jin-young in a briefing.

Local officials said it remained unclear what triggered the initial explosions.

Dramatic footage from the plant shows thick plumes of smoke, while the sound of explosions and fire engines can be heard as the fire tears through the building.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol ordered the Interior and Safety Ministry and the head of the fire department to “make all-out efforts” to rescue people by “mobilizing all available personnel and equipment.”

A firefighter works at the site of a deadly fire at a lithium battery factory owned by South Korean battery maker Aricell, in Hwaseong, South Korea, June 24, 2024. REUTERS/Kim Hong-ji
A firefighter works at the site of the deadly fire at South Korean battery maker Aricell, in Hwaseong, South Korea on Monday. (Photo: Reuters/Kim Hong-ji)
A firefighter searches for missing people inside a lithium battery manufacturing factory following a fire in Hwaseong, South Korea, Monday, June 24, 2024. (Newsis/ via AP)
A firefighter searches for missing people inside following the fire in Hwaseong, South Korea on Monday. (Photo: Newsis/ via AP)

South Korea is one of the world’s biggest producer of lithium batteries, which are used in many electronic items such as laptops, cameras, smartphones and electric vehicles.

The Aricell factory housed an estimated 35,000 battery cells on its second floor and about 100 workers were on the premises at the time of the blast.

This story is being updated.



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