33 people killed in blaze at South Korea hospital

Smoke rises from a burning hospital in Miryang, South Korea, January 26, 2018. Kim Dong-min/Yonhap via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.

Vastavam web: At least 33 people were killed in a blaze at a hospital in South Korea today, firefighters said, with more than 70 injured.It is the second devastating blaze in just a month in the advanced country, Asia’s fourth-largest economy.The six-storey structure housed a nursing home as well as the hospital, and the National Fire Agency said 33 people had been killed, with 13 critically injured.

Another 61 suffered light injuries, a spokesman said, adding the death toll could rise further.”Two nurses said they had seen fire suddenly erupting in the emergency room,” said fire chief Choi Man-Woo, but the cause of the blaze was not immediately known.Video footage and pictures showed the building engulfed by heavy dark smoke and surrounded by multiple fire trucks.Survivors were brought out wrapped in blankets, and firefighters picked their way through the blackened shell of the building after the blaze was extinguished.

Around 200 people were in the Sejong Hospital building when the fire broke out, police said.The fire came only a month after 29 people were killed in an inferno at a fitness club in the South Korean city of Jecheon a disaster blamed on insufficient emergency exits, flammable finishing materials and illegally parked cars blocking access to emergency vehicles.Today’s fire is South Korea’s worst since 2008, when a blaze at a warehouse in the city of Incheon killed 40 workers.