Authorities in South Korea say at least sixteen people have died and at least 22 have been injured after a fire blazed through a building which housed a sports centre and public bath in the central South Korean city of Jecheon.

The National Fire Agency says all the victims were found trapped in the sauna. Television footage showed the eight-storey building consumed by flames and issuing dark plumes of smoke. The blaze is believed to have started at a parking lot on the first floor.

It has mostly been extinguished but officials fear the death toll may rise as fire-fighters continue to search the building.