Huge fire engulfs entire 33-storey apartment block in South Korea

Huge fire engulfs entire 33-storey apartment block in South Korea, as firefighters race to evacuate hundreds of people inside

  • A blaze has engulfed 33-storeys of a residential building in Ulsan, South Korea 
  • Fire is said to have started on floor 12 before spreading through the building 
  • Firefighters have been working to clear the 136-household block of all residents 

A huge blaze has engulfed the entirety of a 33-storey apartment block in South Korea.

The fire, which is believed to have started on the 12th floor of the residential building at around 11.07pm local time, has swept through the whole block in Ulsan, a city northwest of Busan. 

When the fire broke out firefighters rushed to clear the 136-household block of all residents.    

Footage from the scene shows flames reaching high up to the top of the building as large slabs of concrete tumble down to the street below and smoke billows out into the night air.  

The fire, which is believed to have started on the 12th floor of the residential building, has spread to engulf the entirety of the block in Ulsan, a city northwest of Busan

The fire, which is believed to have started on the 12th floor of the residential building, has spread to engulf the entirety of the block in Ulsan, a city northwest of Busan

Apartment building engulfed in flames in Nam area of Ulsan, South Korea

Apartment building engulfed in flames in Nam area of Ulsan, South Korea

The Ulsan Fire Department is currently extinguishing the flames, busan.com reported.  

According to the local news site, the fire spread throughout the building spurred on by the strong winds currently in force in the area. 

The winds risk spreading the fire to a shopping centre next door, Chosun.com reported. 

No injuries or deaths were immediately reported. 

More to follow.  

Pictured: A view of the building shows smoke and flames billowing out of the residential block in Ulsan, South Korea tonight

Pictured: A view of the building shows smoke and flames billowing out of the residential block in Ulsan, South Korea tonight 

A locator map shows the city of Ulsan, northwest of Busan

A locator map shows the city of Ulsan, northwest of Busan 

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