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South Korea: At least 33 killed in hospital fire, dozens injured

28 January 2018, 12:39 | Denise Dawson

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said the number of deaths had reached 19

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Miryang is about 270 kilometers southeast of Seoul.

The fire occurred around 7:30 a.m.at Sejong Hospital's emergency room and quickly spread to other parts of the hospital, according to authorities. Smoke was seen billowing from windows on higher floors and most of the victims were believed to have died from inhaling the toxic gas.

Hospital director Song Byeong-cheol said the six-storey hospital did not have a sprinkler system and was not large enough to require one under the law.

All the dead were in the hospital, Choi said.

Rescue workers are pictured searching through a scorched, smoke-filled hospital in Miryang, South Korea. In a statement, Moon promised to quickly identify the cause of the fire in order "to prevent the recurrence of the fire in the future".

After Friday's fire, South Korean President Moon Jae-in called an emergency staff meeting. Some 2-hundred patients were inside the building and the nursing home next to it at the time of the incident.

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At least 177 patients-most of them elderly-were at the hospital and nursing home when the fire broke out, Song said at a televised press briefing.

People in South Korea are still recovering from another fatal blaze in Jecheon last month where a commercial building went up in flames, killing 29 people.

The hospital was reported to have treated patients suffering mainly from cerebrovascular disease and stroke.

No Malaysians were involved in the deadly blaze at a hospital in South Korea, Wisma Putra confirmed today.

The Interior and Safety Minister Kim Boo-kyum flew to the area to oversee the response operations.



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