Hundreds flee after fire spreads through Seoul neighborhood

SEOUL, 21 January 2023, (TON): About 500 South Koreans were forced to flee their homes after a fire spread through a low-income neighborhood in southern Seoul and destroyed at least 60 homes.

Officials said “firefighters were bringing the fire under control at Guryong village and there were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths.”

Shin Yong-ho, an official at the fire department of Seoul’s Gangnam district, said rescue workers were continuing to search areas affected by the fire but that it was believed that all residents there have safely evacuated.

More than 800 fire fighters, police officers and public workers were deployed to fight the flame and handle evacuations after the fire broke out around 6:30 a.m.

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