Fire in South Korean apartment high-rise hurts at least 88
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A fire spread in a high-rise building in a South Korean port city by high winds left numerous people with minor injuries, according to official reports on Friday.
Footage of the scene in Ulsan showed a huge orange ball of flame flying up the 33-story building and shooting through the roof as fire teams tried to put out the fire from below.
There were no immediate reports of death or serious injury. Hundreds of residents were evacuated when the fire broke out, while workers rescued another 77 who had fled to the roof or other rooms.
The South Korean Ministry of the Interior and Security said at least 88 people were treated for minor injuries such as scratches or light inhalation of smoke.
Officials are investigating the cause of the fire, which they said started late Thursday on a balcony on one of the lower floors and spread the exterior of the building in strong winds. The fire was almost extinguished at 9 a.m. on Friday.
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