Fire Kills at Least 41 People at South Korea Hospital

Fire Kills at Least 41 People at South Korea Hospital

Fire Kills at Least 41 People at South Korea Hospital

At least 31 people died in a fire at a hospital in southeast South Korea's Miryang city on Friday, local news agency Yonhap reported.

Many patients reportedly walked through flames and thick smoke to escape the first-floor blaze.

Choi said all the dead were from the hospital's general ward and 94 evacuees were taken to a nursing ward for the elderly. Right beside Sejong Hospital sits Sejong Nursing Hospital now. At one point the presidential Blue House put it at 41, before authorities lowered it to 37, blaming double-counting. The cause of the blaze is not yet known.

Sprinklers were not installed in the building due to its small size, the hospital's chairman, Son Kyung-chul, told reporters.

Sejong Hospital is a relatively small healthcare facility and the number of patients inside when the fire broke out totaled 177, according to the hospital director.

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That's right Daniel, it's only been just over a month since another deadly fire in a sports complex in Jecheon, which claimed 29 lives.

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.

At least 3 people were killed when fire ripped through a hospital in South Korea early on Friday. Around 200 people were in the hospital building when the blaze erupted at 7:30 am.

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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