Last Friday several hundred people were left homeless after fire heavily damaged a high rise apartment building in downtown Toronto, today a fire ripped through a high rise building in Seoul, South Korea.
A massive fire broke out Friday in a 38-floor apartment and office building in the southern port city of Busan, news reports and fire officials said. No deaths were reported.
By Sangwon Yoon
The fire started early Friday morning in a high-rise located in the city's plush beachside Haeundae district, local fire official Kim Chang-sik said.
Flames quickly spread through the seaside building's main stairwell, growing bigger as winds whipped up new blazes throughout the afternoon. The fire was fully put out seven hours later, Kim said.
Five helicopters, over 80 fire trucks, and close to 600 firefighters battled the blaze, which left three residents of the building and one firefighter slightly injured, he said.
Kim could not say how many people were evacuated. Some were rescued by helicopter from the building's roof.
YTN television showed footage of fire helicopters dousing the complex and a hose shooting water at it from a neighbouring building.
Busan, South Korea's second-largest city and a major seaport, is located about 250 miles (400 kilometres) southeast of Seoul.