A fire broke out in the "city village" in Gangnam District. According to a report by Yonhap News Agency on the 20th, a fire broke out in Jiulong Village in Kaipo-dong, Gangnam District, Seoul, in the early morning of the same day, which aroused people's attention to Seoul's urban villages. According to Korean media, Kowloon Village is the "last shantytown" in Seoul, and the fire department is currently fighting the fire.
In the early morning of the 20th, a fire broke out in Jiulong Village, Kaipo-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul.
According to Yonhap News Agency, at around 6:28 a.m. on January 20, a fire broke out in the residential area of Jiulong Village, Kaipo-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul. The fire department invested 140 firefighters, 43 fire trucks, fire helicopters, and other fire extinguishing equipment to respond.
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A fire broke out in the "city village" in Gangnam District
The fire department said 450 to 500 residents of the village had been evacuated as of about 7:17 a.m. According to the Jiangnan District Office, there are 666 households in Kowloon Village.
Firefighters are fighting the fire at the scene.
According to "Point Daily," Kowloon Village, where the fire broke out that day, was the "last shantytown" in Seoul. According to reports, Kowloon Village was first built in the late 1970s. At that time, in order to prepare for the Olympic Games, the South Korean government demolished illegal residences in the Kaipo-dong area of Gangnam District on the grounds of "affecting the city's appearance." Therefore, the relocated residents set up shanties in Jiulong Village.
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According to the report, the residential buildings in the entire village are almost all made of combustible materials such as plywood, plastic, and foam, which will be very fragile in the event of a fire. There was also a large-scale fire in the village in 2017, and residents suffered huge losses.
After the fire broke out, smoke billowed in Kowloon Village.
According to reports, as of now, the fire has burned 15 houses in the village, and there have been no casualties. Firefighters are continuing to fight the fire.
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