Hwaseong Chemical Plant Explosion Fire… 1 killed, 17 injured

On the 30th, a major fire broke out at Hwail Pharmaceutical, a pharmaceutical company located in Hyangnam-eup, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do, a pharmaceutical company, killing one person and injuring 17 others.

At 2:22 pm that day, an explosion occurred at the Hwail Pharmaceutical Factory in Sangsin-ri, Hyangnam-eup.

The fire department received dozens of 119 reports, such as “the sound of an explosion is heard from a drug factory in the pharmaceutical complex,” and put in 92 equipment, including pumps, and 201 people including firefighters to extinguish the fire.

The fire department saw that the fire was not serious, and at 2:49 pm, issued the first level of response, an alert that mobilizes equipment and personnel from 3 to 7 fire stations.

Then, at 4:45 pm, the fire was extinguished and the response stage was lifted, and the fire was extinguished at 6:23 pm, about four hours after the fire broke out.

It took some time for the building to completely evolve because there were a lot of chemical substances such as toluene and acetone stored inside the building.

One person died and 17 people were injured in the fire.

One person who died was a missing person in his late 20s who had lost contact and was found in cardiac arrest at 4:12 pm at the back of the building.

Four of the injured suffered serious injuries, including head injuries, and the remaining 13 were reported to have suffered minor injuries, such as breathing in smoke.

All casualties were Hwail Pharmaceutical workers.

At the time of the fire, a total of 40 people were working, and 20 people, excluding the casualties, were safely evacuated.

The Sangsin-ri plant of Hwail Pharm, which caught fire, has eight buildings with five stories above the ground and one basement, with a total floor area of ​​about 5,600 square meters.

The ignition point is known as the 3rd floor of Building H (synthetic building) among these buildings.

The fire department assumes that an explosion occurred due to an unknown cause in the process of handling acetone here, and the fire occurred.

If you look at the CCTV footage at the time of the explosion, a sudden explosion occurs in the building, spewing bright red flames and black smoke, and the exterior walls fall in all directions.

The scene of the fire is in disastrous condition as if it had been bombed. The outer walls of the building were scattered all over the place, and the skeleton was bare.

In the beginning, the fire department explained that it was difficult to even enter the fire engine due to the debris of the explosion.

Eom Tae-bok, head of the Hwaseong Fire Station’s on-site response team, said, “When the fire department arrived at the scene, there were explosions in four directions. There were few casualties,” he said.

He said, “The fire started with an explosion from an acetone reactor on the 3rd floor of Building H by an unknown clerk,” he said. “The fire spread rapidly from the 3rd floor to the 4th floor. “I couldn’t,” he added.

It is reported that there were no sprinklers installed at the factory where the fire broke out. This is not included in the mandatory installation of automatic fire extinguishing equipment as it is less than 6 stories and the floor area for each floor is less than 1,000㎡.

The fire department plans to monitor residual fires and continue searching for people while maintaining the current equipment and personnel.

Hwail Pharm is a mid-sized company listed on the KOSDAQ that manufactures and sells pharmaceutical raw materials and finished drugs.


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