A fire in a residential skyscraper spread rapidly by strong winds in Ulsan, a South Korean coastal city, causing minor injuries to dozens of peopleauthorities said Friday.
Images of the fire showed a huge orange fireball rising to the ceiling from the 33rd floor of the building, while the fire crews they were fighting the flames from below.
There were no immediate reports of deaths or serious injuries. Hundreds of residents evacuated as the fire started and emergency crews rescued another 77 people who fled to the roof and other places.
Massive fire engulfs “33-story” building in South Korea as firefighters evacuate hundreds of residentspic.twitter.com/cYiOfcmf3A
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The South Korean Interior and Security Ministry reported that at least 88 people were treated for minor injuries, such as scratches or inhaling some smoke.
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Authorities are investigating the causes of the fire that, they say, started on the balcony of one of the lower floors on Tuesday night and spread outside the building due to strong winds.
The fire was almost entirely extinguished around 8:00 a.m. on Friday.
In several videos broadcast on the Internet, strong images of the fire that occurred this morning were captured.
NOW: Fire in a high-rise apartment building in Ulsan, South Korea, at least 49 injured.pic.twitter.com/OykgmZGIQ4
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At least 90 injured in the 33-story building fire in South Korea. The images have reminded me of the Korean film “The Tower” and what an anguish pic.twitter.com/aa2H2I9FuB
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A huge fire engulfs an entire 33-story apartment block in South Korea
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