5 killed in suspected arson attack in Seoul motel

 Five people were killed and four hospitalized Saturday in an alleged arson attack at a motel in downtown Seoul.

The fire broke out around 3 a.m. at a two-story motel in the Jongno district, according to fire officials. Five people at the motel died, and four were taken to a nearby hospital. Among the injured, two were reportedly in severe condition.

The fire was first reported to the police by a 53-year-old man who claimed to have set it ablaze himself. The person, who works as a delivery man at a nearby restaurant, was arrested on-site. Police said the suspect was inebriated when arrested.

Investigators found out that the suspect purchased 10 liters of gas at a nearby gas station. According to statements by witnesses, the man is believed to have carried out the attack in a fit of rage after he was denied use of the motel for being heavily drunk.

5 killed in suspected arson attack in Seoul motel ảnh 1 Investigators conduct an on-site investigation at a motel in Seoul's Jongno district on Jan. 20, 2018. Five people died and four were injured in a suspected arson attack at the motel. (Yonhap)
 Source from the Yonhap.

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