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Firefighters Extinguish Large Parts of Forest Fire in South Korea

Updated On 07 Apr, 2019 Published On

Firefighters extinguished large parts of a forest fire in the mountainous South Korean by Friday morning.

Nearly 800 firefighters fought the fire overnight. They had to face trouble because of the high wind and darkness that prevented them from using firefighter helicopters.

The blaze left 120 homes destroyed, one person and 11 injured. Another person died after a wide-angle mirror fell on him due to the high winds.

According to a fire captain at Gangwon Fire Headquarters, Choi Jin-ho, the fire broke out Thursday night from a transformer spark in the town of Goseong. The blaze then spread to the nearby mountains.

Videos posted to social media sites showed tall flames rising from the forest and the air filled with embers and debris. Photos obtained showed a burnt-out bus and fire engulfing a hill.

According to Gangwon Fire Headquarters, nearly 2,400 people in Goseong and 1,250 in Sokcho were evacuated.

As per the Ministry of the Interior and Safety, nearly 120 homes were burned and about 250 hectares of forest was reportedly burned in Goseong alone.

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