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Intense heat from an early morning fire has buckled, and in some places melted, the sheet-metal siding of a building used by Osan’s “Red Horse” squadron. In the foreground is a 2000 gallon fuel tank marked with the famous Red Horse logo.

Intense heat from an early morning fire has buckled, and in some places melted, the sheet-metal siding of a building used by Osan’s “Red Horse” squadron. In the foreground is a 2000 gallon fuel tank marked with the famous Red Horse logo. (Greg L. Davis / S&S)

SEOUL — U.S. and South Korean firefighters extinguished a fire Sunday at a maintenance building on Osan Air Base, nearly five hours after the blaze was reported, according to base officials.

There were no injuries, and initial reports indicate the major damage was contained to office spaces located on the northeast side of Building 641, which belongs to the 554th Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers, according to an Osan news release.

Base officials said 37 Osan fire personnel responded to the scene with eight vehicles when the call came in at 3:32 a.m.

Republic of Korea Air Force and Pyongtaek City firefighters also responded to provide assistance, according to the release.

“We had fantastic support from Pyongtaek City and ROK fire departments,” Lt. Col. Edward Piekarczyk, 51st Civil Engineer Squadron commander, was quoted as saying in the release.

Officials did not have an estimate on the amount of damage.

They are investigating the cause of the fire.

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