staff and news service reports
updated 11/11/2010 7:30:34 PM ET 2010-11-12T00:30:34

A fire tore though a nursing home in the southeastern South Korea, killing 10 people and injuring 17 others, police said Friday.

All of the victims were in their 70s and 80s and sleeping when the fire broke out on the first floor of a two-story building early Friday in the port city of Pohang, police officer Lee In-shik said.

He said 17 people sustained minor injuries and were immediatedly taken to nearby hospitals for medical treatment.

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He said the fire raged for about 30 minutes before being put out. Police and fire officials were trying to determine its cause.

Last November, a fire at an indoor shooting range in the southeastern port city of Busan killed 10 people, including eight Japanese tourists.

A fire department spokesman told AFP about 20 trucks and 200 firefighters were sent to the blaze.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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