Research lab fire kills one, injures two in South KoreaChristian Fernsby ▼ | May 22, 2020
A fire at an LG Chem research centre on May 19 killed one person and injured two others. The blaze happened at the company’s catalyst lab in the city of Seosan, around 75 miles (120km) south of Seoul.
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Topics: South Korea
Yonhap news agency reports that the fire is presumed to have started when heavy pressure caused a pyrophoric substance in a catalyst to ignite after coming into contact with air in the research centre’s packing room. Pyrophoric substances ignite spontaneously in air at or below 54°C or within a few minutes of coming into contact with air.
The centre was shut down immediately after the fire was discovered, although officials said there was no leak of harmful or hazardous substances. Police and fire authorities have opened an investigation into the incident. ■