26 Jan 2018

More than 30 dead in South Korea hospital fire

3:24 pm on 26 January 2018

A fire in a South Korean hospital killed 33 people and injured more than 50, Yonhap news agency reported on Friday, and firefighters said at least 10 of the injured were in a critical condition.

Firefighters try to put out a fire at the hospital building engulfed by heavy grey smoke.

Firefighters try to put out a fire at the hospital building engulfed by heavy grey smoke. Photo: AFP

The fire started around 7:30 am local time at the rear of the emergency room on the first floor of Sejong Hospital and it was mostly extinguished after a few hours, Choi Man-woo, the head of Miryang city's fire station, told a televised media briefing.

Firefighters were still in the process of evacuating around roughly 200 people from the main hospital building and nursing home directly behind the hospital, Choi said.

At of the time of the briefing, Choi said 10 people had been critically injured and 35 slightly injured.

Local news channel YTN showed black smoke billowing from the windows and entrance to the hospital and flames flickering.

Miryang is about 270 km southeast of the capital Seoul, and the people evacuated were being treated at four other hospitals nearby, YTN said.

The fire comes just a month after 29 people died in a blaze at an eight-storey fitness centre in Jecheon City.

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Photo: AFP

- Reuters