This past Monday, a tragedy struck near Seoul, South Korea, as a fire, likely sparked by exploding lithium batteries, swept through a factory, claiming the lives of 22 workers, mostly Chinese migrants. The incident occurred during a routine examination and packaging of batteries, leaving eight others injured, some critically. Investigations are underway to determine the cause of the blaze and assess safety measures at the factory. Lithium batteries are already famous for creating massive and nearly unstoppable fires due to the nature of the contents. South Korea is known for taking a less than stellar approach to safety, driving economics and convenience as more important factors.

The blaze took place near Seoul and killed mostly Chinese migrant workers, and injured eight others.

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