Hospital fire kills at least 39 in South Korea

South Korea hospital fire: Death toll rises to 31 (UPDATED)

At least 41 people are confirmed to have died and more than 70 others injured after a fire swept through a hospital in the Sejong Hospital in the south-eastern city of Miryang.

About 100 patients were originally in the hospital, some 390 km southeast of the capital Seoul. The fire started at around 7:30 AM (2230 GMT) in of the emergency rooms of Sejong Hospital in South Korea. Most of those who died were on the first and second floors of the hospital, he said.

Did the hospital have a sprinkler system?

Right beside Sejong Hospital sits Sejong Nursing Hospital now. And in 2008 a warehouse fire outside Seoul left 40 people dead.

Details of the blaze including its cause are still unknown.

This photo captures a moment after firefighters put out the fire that broke out in a hospital in Miryang, South Gyeongsang Province, on January 26, 2018.




Firefighters had evacuated around roughly 200 people from the main hospital building and nursing home directly behind the hospital, Choi said. He ordered officials to supports to those rescued, find the exact cause of the fire and work out measures to prevent future fires, said his spokesman Park Su-hyun.

A total of 194 people had been hospitalised in two buildings of the hospital - the general medical ward and its nursing ward for the elderly.

A massive fire ripped through a South Korean hospital early Friday morning, killing and injuring dozens.

The fire is one of several deadly blazes in recent years.

Minister of Interior and Safety Kim Boo-kyum flew by helicopter to Miryang at about 9 a.m.to oversee the emergency response operations.

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