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Dozens hospitalized after fire engulfs 33-story apartment building in South Korea

A fire pushed up a high-rise apartment building by strong winds in a South Korean port city left scores of people with mostly minor injuries, officials said Friday.

The fire broke out at the 33-story building around 11 p.m., and continued burning through Friday morning.

There have been no deaths reported so far.

91 people were sent to hospital for minor injuries such as smoke inhalation and abrasions, according to the Ulsan Fire Department.

77 people were rescued from the building, and another 82 were evacuated to a nearby hotel, according to the country’s Ministry of the Interior and Safety.

Early footage from the scene in Ulsan showed a huge ball of orange flame soaring up the 33-floor building and shooting through the roof as crews tried to put it out from below.

The Yonhap news agency in South Korea said the fire was “under complete control” Friday morning after firefighters spent nearly 16 hours battling it.

Officials are investigating the cause of the fire, which they said started on a balcony in one of the lower floors late on Thursday and spread up the exterior of the building amid strong winds.




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