A fire at a recycling plant specializing in toner cartridges Thursday morning in northwestern South Korea left one worker suffering burns over his entire body, local media reports.
At about 9:11 a.m. fire broke out during the process of crushing the waste toner cartridges in Gimpo. A male employee in his 50s was transported to the Han River Seongsim Hospital with extensive burns.
Six other workers escaped the burning plant.
Because the fire threatened to spread into wooded area near the plant, authorities dispatched a massive fire response of more than 100 emergency personnel and 36 firefighting units. Helicopters equipped for wildland firefighters were also rushed to the scene.
Gimpo borders Icheon, location of a massive construction fire in late April at a semi-conductor plant that killed 38 workers and injured 10 others.