About 500 people evacuated after fire rages through shanty village in Seoul
Updated 14:47, 20-Jan-2023

About 500 people were evacuated from homes on Friday morning as a fire raged through the last remaining shanty village in Seoul and destroyed at least 60 homes, Yonhap news agency reported, citing local fire officials.

The blaze broke out at 6:27 a.m. local time in the fourth district of the Guryong village, and was fully extinguished around 11:46 a.m., officials said.

There are "around 666 households" in the village, according to the Yonhap report.

There was no immediate report of deaths or injuries, Shin Yong-ho, a fire official of Gangnam Fire Station, told reporters, adding the fire engulfed around 2,700 square meters of the fire-prone village.

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