The fierce fire in a 33 story building in Ulsan city, south of South Korea, has been controlled. Local media gave information about this.
Hundreds of people were evacuated from the building after the fire and more than 80 people have been hospitalized for smoke infection.
The fire in the building started at around eleven o’clock (14:00 GMT) according to local time on Thursday. Strong winds helped the fire to spread. According to Yonhap News, firefighters succeeded in overcoming the flames after more than 13 hours.
The South Korean news agency said the strong winds initially made it difficult to control the fire. The fire broke out between the 8th and 12th floors of the Samawan Art Nouveau Commercial and Residential building, which houses about 120 homes and shops.
“Suddenly, a fire broke out. The windows broke and the living room and bedroom were ablaze,” an eyewitness present at the scene told Yonhap news agency. Another eyewitness to the incident told YTN News about the “exterior contents” of the building, that the insulation was possibly attached to the outside of the building causing the fire to spread quickly.
Officials have not confirmed what caused the fire, but Yonhap said it will be investigated.