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CNN BREAKING NEWS

47 Dead, 59 Missing in South Korean Subway Fire

Aired February 18, 2003 - 06:02   ET

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CAROL COSTELLO, CNN ANCHOR: More on a developing story out of Daegu, South Korea. The death toll from this morning's subway fire is rising by the hour. Officials now say at least 47 are dead, 59 missing. Some reports indicate as many as 600 passengers were aboard the train when the fire started.
Witnesses say a man lit a plastic milk carton containing a flammable liquid, and he threw it onto the subway train. That suspect now in custody.

We'll take you live to Seoul, South Korea in about five minutes.

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