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31 July


1 dead and 11 hurt in catastrophic fire at South Korea

The fire agency plans to mobilize 30 helicopters

Photo: Yonhap

/NOVOSTIVL/ A devastating fire has engulfed the northeastern border town of Goseong, leading to one death, at least 11 injuries and damage to numerous buildings and houses. This article appeared in Yonhap.

According to the Gangwon Fire Headquarters, fire broke out on a roadside in Goseong, around 210 kilometers northeast of Seoul, at around 7:17 p.m. Thursday and spread to a nearby mountain, leading to the evacuation of residents and guests of a nearby condominium.

Police found a body of a man on a road who had apparently died as a result of the fire. While it was earlier reported that a woman was found near a village center in Goseong as well, it was later confirmed that she did not die from the fire.

Around 120 houses were destroyed by the fire, along with vinyl greenhouses. The fire agency said it plans to mobilize 30 helicopters at daybreak to carry out rescue and firefighting missions promptly.

Meanwhile, a separate fire broke out in Okgye County, Gangneung, 237 kilometers east of Seoul, at 11:46 p.m. Thursday, authorities said.

With the fire spreading to a nearby village, the Gangneung city government evacuated 120 patients from a nursing home and an untold number of residents.