South Korean hospital fire kills 37

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South Korean hospital fire kills 37

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:22 pm

Three medical staff are among the deceased victims of the fire at Miryang Hospital.
Most of the victims were believed to have been aged patients receiving long-term intensive care who couldn't move without help. Among the victims were a doctor and two nurses, fire officials said.

The death toll could rise as 18 people injured were in critical condition, they said. Victims were believed to have inhaled toxic smoke. At least 113 people suffered minor injuries.

"As of 3:30 p.m., 37 were confirmed dead, 18 in critical condition and 113 with minor injuries," Choi Man-woo, chief of Miryang city's fire department, said. "The death toll could rise because some of the injured are in very critical condition."

It was the second major deadly fire in South Korea in recent weeks. Twenty-nine people were killed and 40 injured in a blaze at a sports center in the town of Jecheon in December.
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