Fire continues to burn at South Korea tower block

Firefighters extinguish a fire at an apartment building in Ulsan, South Korea, 09 October 2020.
Firefighters are still struggling to completely put out the fire

Firefighters in South Korea are struggling to completely put out a fire at a 33-storey tower block in the southern South Korean city of Ulsan, local media said. Hundreds were forced to evacuate and more than 80 people were sent to hospital for smoke inhalation, the blaze reportedly started at about 23:00 local time (14:00 GMT) on Thursday and was spread by high winds.

On Friday morning, it had still not been completely extinguished, the South Korean news agency said strong winds made it difficult to control the fire. The fire broke out between the 8th and 12th floors of the Samhwan Art Nouveau commercial and residential building, which has about 120 households and shopping units, one eyewitness told Yonhap news agency, Suddenly, the fire came up, the windows were broken and the living room and bedroom lit up.

Ulsan fire
One witness said material on the outside of the building had caused the fire to spread quickly

Another told YTN News of “exterior material”, possibly insulation, attached to the outside of the building that caused the fire to spread quickly.

Authorities have not confirmed what caused the fire.

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