Deadliest fire in 10 years kills 39 people in South Korean hospital
South Korea’s deadliest fire in almost a decade has ripped through a hospital in the city of Miryang, killing at least 39 people and injuring more than 100.
The fire comes less than a month after a similar tragedy left 29 dead in the city of Jecheon, raising concerns over safety standards in the country. Officials said they were still investigating the cause of today’s fire, which is believed to have started around 7:20 a.m. local time in the emergency room on the first floor of the 98-bed Sejong Hospital.
Rescue services took three hours to completely extinguish the flames which engulfed the first two floors of the six-story building in Miryang, which is about 270 kilometers (168 miles) south-east of the capital Seoul