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[VIDEO NEWS] Fire in Gyeongdong Market

Feb 18,2019
1) A fire broke out in Gyeongdong Market in Jegi-dong, eastern Seoul, Feb. 15. The fire took three hours and 40 minutes to extinguish, though the main fire was put out in an hour and a half.

2) Small fires spread smoke through the area, causing damage to nearby stores.

3) The police and the fire department sent out an initial warning at 8:52 a.m., about nine minutes after the fire broke out. Fifty five ladders and 365 firemen were involved in extinguishing the fires.

4) According to the fire department, the structure was covered by a roof shared by both stores in the front and houses in the back. Residents managed to escape the moment the fire broke out, so there were no casualties.

5) However, two stores were half burned down, and a third was also seriously damaged.

6) The fire department stated that additional fires were difficult to extinguish given they were in an old, traditionally structured storefront.

7) The merchant who called in the conflagration said he first spotted white smoke, which then turned black. He said he asked others nearby for help, telling the owners of those cars parked in the burning stores to evacuate them.

Video sourced from JoongAng Ilbo
Video produced by Kim Han-sol
Video translated by Chung Yu-soo
Edited by Liam Reilly