At least 1,500 people have been evacuated and dozens injured as more than 700 fire fighters battle a huge inferno in a shanty town in Seoul, South Korea.
The fire reportedly started in a scrapyard in the city’s southern district of Gangseo and spread to nearby shantytowns. The blaze was so intense that some buildings collapsed and the fire fighters were unable to contain it.
Fire crews have been battling the blaze since the early morning hours, with 30 fire engines and helicopters spraying water on the flames. So far, there have been no reports of casualties.
The shanty town is home to an estimated 2,000 people who mostly work in informal occupations and are living in cramped, makeshift housing. Many of the residents were evacuated by emergency services and taken to shelters.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated. However, authorities have ruled out any suspicious activity, such as arson.
The fire has sparked fears of displacement and displacement of people living in the area. The South Korean government has pledged to provide proper housing for those affected by the blaze.