Fire breaks out near Winter Olympics media village

Police said the fire came from a construction site behind a cafe.

FILE: A general view of Olympic Village. Picture: @Olympics/Twitter.

PYEONGCHANG - Emergency services scrambled on Thursday to deal with a fire which broke out near the Winter Olympics Media Village.

Thick black smoke could be seen rising near Gangneung Olympic Park. Police said the fire came from a construction site behind a cafe.

An investigation into the cause of the fire, which caused an emergency alert to be sent to mobile phones in the region, is underway.

The 2018 Pyeongchang Games will run from 9-25 February.