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A spectacular fire in the South Korean city of Ulsan that firefighters were fighting to completely extinguish on Friday has left close to 90 hospitalized by inhalation of smoke, according to information collected by the Yonhap news agency.

The fire broke out around 11:10 p.m. local time on Thursday (14:10 GMT) in the commercial and residential building Samhwan Art Nouveau of the aforementioned city on the southeastern coast of the Korean peninsula, with 33 floors and with 130 houses inside.

Rescue operations

The flames spread rapidly by the structure and hundreds of people, both residents of the building and other homes in the neighborhood, were forced to evacuate and at least 88 people were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, although no fatalities were reported, according to local authorities .

Tens of people were rescued from the roof of the building and the flames also affected adjacent commercial facilities, according to details collected by South Korean media.

Fight fire

Although the firefighters managed control the fire In about two hours, the flames were not completely extinguished until this morning and the embers were reignited due to the wind.

Ulsan, located about 307 kilometers southeast of Seoul and adjacent to the port town of Busan, it is an important industrial center in South Korea and has a population of about 1.14 million inhabitants.



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