A fire at a sports centre in South Korea has killed 29 people and left many others injured.

The fire started in the basement of an eight-storey building that houses a fitness centre, restaurants and a public sauna.

Most of the victims were trapped in a sauna on the second floor.

Officials say the death toll could rise as firefighters continue their search.

“The fire produced so much toxic smoke so quickly, leaving many people unable to evacuate,” a spokesman at the National Fire Agency said.

Some 20 people were rescued from the rooftop after taking refuge from the fire. Several of the survivors were taken hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, officials said according to a report by BBC News.

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