Vietnamese killed in ship fire

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A Vietnamese fisherman was killed Wednesday after a South Korean fishing boat he was working on caught fire while anchored in the port of Montevideo, Uruguay.


"A charred body was found in the ship's engine room, where the fire started," Uruguayan navy spokesman Anselmo Borges told AFP.


The victim was 25 years old. He has been working on the Seo Gin 11 with 22 other crew members from Cambodia, South Korea, the Philippines and Vietnam, Borges said.


This was the second Korean boat that caught fire this week in the port of Montevideo and the fifth boats this year. One boat caught fire at the port last year.


The port was closed for a while on Monday following the week's first blaze in which no one else was hurt.


Local authorities have launched an investigation.


"Negligence seems to be a key factor" since all the fires "happened to break out between midnight and 3:00 a.m.," Alberto Diaz, chief of the Uruguayan National Port Administration, told Oceano radio.


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