Blaze engulfs 33-storey South Korean tower block

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Firefighters extinguish a fire at an apartment building in Ulsan, South Korea, 09 October 2020.Picture copyright
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Firefighters are nonetheless struggling to fully put out the fireplace

Firefighters in South Korea are struggling to fully put out a fireplace at a 33-storey tower block within the southern South Korean metropolis of Ulsan, native media mentioned.

A whole lot have been compelled to evacuate and greater than 80 individuals have been despatched to hospital for smoke inhalation.

The blaze reportedly began at about 23:00 native time (14:00 GMT) on Thursday and was unfold by excessive winds.

On Friday morning, it had nonetheless not been fully extinguished.

The South Korean information company mentioned sturdy winds made it troublesome to manage the fireplace.

The hearth broke out between the eighth and twelfth flooring of the Samhwan Artwork Nouveau industrial and residential constructing, which has about 120 households and purchasing models.

One eyewitness advised Yonhap information company: “Out of the blue, the fireplace got here up. The home windows have been damaged and the lounge and bed room lit up.”

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One witness mentioned materials on the skin of the constructing had induced the fireplace to unfold shortly

One other advised YTN Information of “exterior materials”, probably insulation, connected to the skin of the constructing that induced the fireplace to unfold shortly.

Authorities haven’t confirmed what induced the fireplace.