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Winter Olympics 2018: Massive fire breaks out near athlete and media villages in Pyeongchang

Gangneung: A fire close to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics athletes' and media villages caused concern on Thursday before the blaze was brought under control with no casualties.

Smoke rises from a cafe after a fire in Gangneung, South Korea. Reuters

Smoke rises from a cafe after a fire in Gangneung, South Korea. Reuters

Smoke billowed from an apartment block between the athletes' and media village and close to the Kwandong Hockey Centre, prompting authorities to send a warning to the mobile phones of people in the area.

But an official from POCOG, the Games' organising committee, told AFP: "It was a small fire and it was put out with no harm to any people."

One day before the opening ceremony, Games organisers are also scrambling to contain a norovirus outbreak which has hit at least 86 people so far, none of them athletes.


Published Date: Feb 08, 2018 14:40 PM | Updated Date: Feb 08, 2018 14:40 PM

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