Incheon Paradise City Hotel/Courtesy of Incheon Fire Department

282 evacuated; no injuries reported

A fire at a luxury hotel west of Seoul sent hundreds of guests escaping from the building in a panic on March 24 afternoon. No casualties were reported, though.

The fire took place at 3:16 p.m. at Incheon Paradise City Hotel near Incheon International Airport where 282 guests were evacuated as fire crews were called to the scene with 35 fire engines mobilized.

It took slightly less than 40 minutes for firefighters to extinguish the blaze. Initial checks found that the flames started on the third floor. Investigations to learn the cause of the fire are underway.

Guests were allowed back in around 6 p.m.

Although upset, the 282 guests might be lucky because the hotel let all of them have Sunday dinner and Monday breakfast free of charge. They will also get a free accommodation voucher, which can be used during the first half of this year.

This is not the first time that flames happened in Korean hotels this year.

In late January, a fire engulfed Park Hyatt Busan on the famous beach of Haeundae, leaving one injured. The 34-floor hotel, which opened in early 2013, has 269 rooms and 69 suite rooms.

Two weeks earlier, a hotel fire in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province claimed a life.

Midway through this January, the fire tore through Ramada Encore Cheonan Hotel, causing one death and 19 injuries. A 53-year-old hotel employee lost his life while trying to put out the fire himself.

The 21-story hotel, which has 420 rooms, opened last September.