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Dozens injured in fire at 33-storey tower in South Korea

Written by on 09/10/2020

Dozens of people have been injured in a large fire at an apartment block in South Korea.

Strong winds in the city of Ulsan fanned the flames as they spread up the 33-storey building.

No one died or suffered serious injuries, according to the South Korean government, although 88 people were treated for minor cuts, bruises and light smoke inhalation.

A water is sprayed to extinguish a fire at a mixed-use high-rise residential building in Ulsan, South Korea, October 9, 2020. Yonhap via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
Image: The fire is believed to have broken out on a balcony low down the building

Hundreds of people were evacuated and around 80 were rescued from the roof and other areas.

Officials believe the fire started on a balcony on one of the lower levels late on Thursday evening, before spreading quickly in the wind.

A mixed-use high-rise residential building is engulfed by a fire in Ulsan, South Korea, October 9, 2020. Yonhap via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
Image: Firefighters battled the blaze overnight

As of 9am local time on Friday (1am BST) the fire had been almost completely extinguished.

 Sky News

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