South Korea hospital fire kills at least 41 people

Bill Rogers
January 28, 2018

Miryang is about 270 kilometers (170 miles) southeast of the capital, Seoul.

The blaze started from an emergency room at around 7:30 AM at Sejong Hospital in Miryang city. He said most of the dead victims were killed by smoke inhalation.

Son Kyung-cheol, head of the foundation that operates the hospital, said in a televised briefing that the hospital did not have sprinklers as it was not required by law. Seok Gyeong-sik also said he would do his best to take care of the incident. Pictures from the scene posted on social media showed survivors being brought out wrapped in blankets, and firefighters making their way through the blackened shell of the hospital building after the blaze was extinguished.

The cause of the blaze is unknown.

A 2014 fire at a rural South Korean hospital for chronically ill elderly patients killed 21 people.

Reports say about 100 patients were inside the building at the time.

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It reportedly took firefighters about three hours to put out the flames, as almost 100 patients at a nearby nursing home also had to be evacuated.

South Gyeongsang Provincial Police Agency and the National Institute of Scientific Investigation launched an investigation into the cause of the fire.

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.

All 94 elderly patients in an adjacent nursing ward had been evacuated safely, he added.

President Moon Jae-in has ordered related government ministries to do their best in post-fire management after dozens of people were killed in a hospital fire on Friday.

Interior minister Kim Boo-kyum traveled to Miryang to apologize for the fire.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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