South Korea hospital hit by deadly fire

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A fire spread flames and smoke through a South Korean hospital Friday morning, killing dozens of people, mainly from suffocation, and injuring almost 130 others in one of the country's deadliest blazes in years.

Miryang is about 270 kilometers (170 miles) southeast of the capital, Seoul. Police have reportedly obtained testimonies from the hospital's medical staff that they first spotted the fire in a dressing room for nurses next to the emergency room.

Most of the victims were on the first two floors and died from inhaling smoke.

Song said the hospital did not have a sprinkler system and was not large enough to require one under South Korean law. The blaze was was extinguished after one hour and 40 minutes, Yonhap said. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

Fire authorities have revised the death toll from a hospital fire in southeastern South Korea to 37. "(The government) will need to toughen fire safety regulations", Ham said.

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in has convened an emergency meeting with his senior officials over a hospital fire tragedy that has killed at least 33 people. All 94 patients of the hospice adjacent to the hospital are thought to have been evacuated safely.

Reports say about 100 patients were inside the building at the time.

Miryang Fire Station chief Choi Man-Woo apologised for "failing to rescue each and every one" of the patients caught in the fire.

That's right Daniel, it's only been just over a month since another deadly fire in a sports complex in Jecheon, which claimed 29 lives.

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