Fire in South Korean apartment, at least 88 hurt

A fire spread through a high-rise apartment building in Ulsan, South Korea on Oct 9, 2020, injuring at least 88 people, officials said. (Kim Yong-tae/Yonhap via AP)

Officials said on Friday that a fire had spread in high-rise apartment buildings in a port city in South Korea. This has causing minor injuries to dozens of people.

The footage from the Ulsan scene showed a huge orange flame ball towering high on the 33-floor building and shooting through the roof as firefighters tried to extinguish the flames from below.

The fire broke out between the 8th and 12th floors of the Samhwan Art Nouveau Commercial and residential building. There are approximately 120 homes and shopping units.

There were no immediate reports of deaths or serious injuries.

After the fire broke out, hundreds of residents were evacuated, while workers rescued another 77 people who fled to roofs or other spaces.

South Korea’s Ministry of Interior and Security stated that at least 88 people suffered minor injuries. As such, scratching or slight inhalation of smoke.

Officials are investigating the cause of the fire. They said the fire started on the balcony of one of the lower floors late Thursday and spread to the outside of the building in strong winds.

As of 9 am on Friday, the fire almost extinguished.

The BBC once reported that the South Korean News Agency said that high winds made the fire difficult to control.

An eyewitness told Yonhap News Agency: “Suddenly, the fire came up. The windows were broken and the living room and bedroom lit up.”

Another told YTN News that “external materials” (possibly insulation) adhered to the outside of the building. This causing the fire to spread rapidly.

The authorities have not yet confirmed what caused the fire.

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