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TOWERING INFERNO Huge fire engulfs 33-storey block of flats in South Korea

 

By Jon Lockett, The Sun

A HORROR blaze has ripped through a 33-storey tower block in South Korea sending burning debris tumbling to the ground below.

Shocking images and videos posted online show giant flames engulfing one side of the apartment building – which is home to around 130 families.

The inferno – believed to have started on the 12th floor at 11 p.m. local time (9 p.m. in Thailand on Thursday) – quickly swept through the block in the Dal Dong district of Ulsan.

Reports say firefighters managed to clear most of the residents out of the building before the huge fire took hold.

However, emergency crews say at least 15 people were injured during the terrifying incident.

Others had to be rescued after climbing onto the roof to escape the flames, say reports from the scene.

According to the local news site, the blaze tore through the 102-metre building after being fuelled by strong winds.

The gusts also spread the flames to a neighbouring shopping centre but that blaze has now been put out.

The Ulsan Fire Department said 15 people were rushed to hospital and 43 residents were evacuated for the block.

CAPTIONS:

Top: Firefighters managed to clear residents before the huge fire took hold. Photo: @_LEAN_BTS

First below: The blaze tore through the 102m building after being fuelled by winds. Photo: @wyisjwy

Second below: At least 15 people are said to have been injured during the inferno. Photo: Ulsan Fire Department

Third below: The huge blaze ripped through a 33-storey tower block in South Korea. Photo: @wyisjwy and published by The Sun

Fourth below: Images show flames climbing up one side of the apartment building. Photo: @_LEAN_BTS and published by The Sun

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