Explosion at Busan Public Bathhouse: 2 Seriously Injured, 19 with Minor Injuries

Explosion at Busan Public Bathhouse During Firefighting Efforts

Updated on 2023-09-01 at 19:39

A serious explosion occurred at a public bathhouse in Busan while firefighters were battling a fire. The incident left two individuals with severe injuries and 19 others with minor injuries.

At the scene, access to the public has been restricted for safety reasons. A noticeable large hole can be seen in the middle of the building, indicating the extent of the explosion.

The fire initially broke out around 1:40 PM today in Jwacheon-dong, Dong-gu, specifically in the basement of the public bath. Firefighters were prompt in extinguishing the flames, and it seemed that the situation was under control. However, unexpectedly, an explosion took place during the firefighting operation.

An eyewitness who observed the incident shared their account, stating, “There was an initial explosion followed by a popping sound after some time. Fortunately, the bathhouse was closed today. Nonetheless, two courageous firefighters who were battling the blaze sustained severe injuries, including second-degree burns to their faces. They remained conscious until they were transported to the hospital.”

In addition to the injured firefighters, 19 individuals, including police officers, civil servants, and residents who assisted in extinguishing and managing the fire, suffered minor burns and other injuries. Remarkably, among the minor casualties, the Head of Dong-gu, Busan, was also present at the scene.

The fire department suspects that the explosion originated from an underground fuel tank, but an official investigation is required to determine the exact cause.

The fire department declared the situation completely under control at 4:47 PM.

This is Ko Hwi-hun reporting for Yonhap News TV from the site of the Busan explosion.

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An explosion occurred while firefighters were putting out a fire at a public bathhouse in Busan.

Two people suffered serious injuries and 19 suffered minor injuries.

We will contact you on the spot. Reporter Go Hwi-hun.


Yes, I’m at the scene of the fire.

Currently, public access is limited.

However, if you look behind me, you will see a large hole in the middle of the building.

The fire started around 1:40pm today (the 1st).

There was a fire in the basement of a public bath in Jwacheon-dong, Dong-gu.

The fire was in an atmosphere that had been extinguished smoothly.

However, when extinguishing the flames, an explosion suddenly occurred.

Let’s hear the story of an eyewitness at the time.

<목격자> “It exploded once, then after a while there was a popping sound.

Luckily, the bathroom wasn’t open today.

However, two firefighters fighting the blaze sustained serious injuries, including second degree burns to the face.

They were said to be conscious until they were taken to hospital.

In addition, 19 people, including firefighters, police officers, civil servants, and residents who controlled the fire who extinguished and controlled the scene, suffered minor burns and other injuries.

Among the minor casualties, it was found that there was also the head of Dong-gu, Busan, who was looking at the scene.

The fire department believes that the explosion occurred in the underground fuel tank, but explained that the exact cause would need to be investigated.

The fire department announced a total cessation at 4:47 pm

This is Yonhap News TV’s Ko Hwi-hoon from the Busan explosion site.

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