A blaze erupted at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering’s yard in Okpo, South Korea on Monday, killing two workers and injuring seven others.

The fire started during welding work on a very large gas carrier (VLGC) that is under construction at the yard.

The welding work may have set off a gas explosion in the inner compartment of the vessel, Maritime News said.

One unnamed 39-year-old worker was found deceased in a fuel tank of a 84,000 ton liquefied petroleum gas carrier around 5 p.m. local time on Monday, Offshore Engineer said.

The body of another unnamed 30-year-old worker was discovered soon after.

Forty-seven people were working on the VLGC when the blaze broke out and seven have been hospitalized for fume inhalation, Offshore Engineer added.

Thirty-eight of the workers were unharmed.

Firefighters spent almost 24 hours bringing the fire under control as it spread to the nearby dock and another VLCG under construction at the yard.

Two vessels were damaged by the fire but the extent of damages have not been disclosed yet, Maritime News noted.

Authorities are investigating the incident.


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