At least 31 killed in fire at South Korean hospital

At least 31 people were killed and 70 more were injured when a fire broke out at Sejong Hospital in South Korea's South Gyeongsang Province. Photo by Yonhap/EPA

Jan. 26 (UPI) — More than two dozen people were killed after a fire erupted at a hospital in South Korea.

At least 31 people were killed and 70 more were injured when the fire broke out at Sejong Hospital in Miryang, South Gyeongsang Province at about 7:30 a.m. Friday local time.

There were 194 patients in the hospital when the fire first began and all 78 individuals in the seniors’ ward were evacuated.

Firefighters believe the blaze began in the emergency ward of the six-story hospital and was controlled before making its way to the second floor.

The cause of the blaze hasn’t been determined, but arson was initially ruled out.


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