2 killed, 31 injured in S. Korean arson attack at motel

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Two people have been confirmed dead, and 31 others wounded, in a suspected arson attack at a motel in southwestern South Korea, Yonhap news agency reported Sunday citing the firefighting authorities and police.

The fire broke out at about 5:45 a.m. local time from a motel in Gwangju, a city around 330 km south of the capital Seoul. It was extinguished some 20 minutes later.

The blaze, which started from the third floor of the five-story motel, left two people dead and 31 others injured.

The death toll may rise further as some of the injured, who were taken to nearby hospitals, were in critical conditions for smoke inhalation, burns and other injuries, according to the report.

The police apprehended a 39-year-old man, suspected of carrying out an arson attack against the building. He allegedly set a pillow in his room on fire before exiting the motel.

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