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41 Killed in South Korea Hospital Fire

Seoul (January 26, 2018): At least 41 people have been killed and dozens injured in a fire at a hospital in Miryang, South Korea.

The fire is thought to have started in the emergency room at Sejong Hospital, which specialises in cardiology.Reports say around 200 patients were inside the building and adjoining nursing home at the time – many were safely evacuated.It is South Korea’s deadliest fire in almost a decade and the toll is expected to rise.Several of the injured people were reported to be in a critical condition.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in arranged an emergency meeting to discuss ways of dealing with the fire.Miryang is about 270km (168 miles) south-east of the capital, Seoul.The hospital has been operating since 2008. The nursing home and hospital between them have about 200 beds.About 35 medical staff work at the hospital.

The fire comes just a month after 29 people in the South Korean city of Jecheon were killed in a blaze at a public gym.

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