South Korea hospital fire kills 33, injures 50

# 03:30
26 January 2018

A blaze at a hospital in the South Korean city of Milyang early on Friday killed 33 people and injured around 50, country's president has called an emergency meeting, APA reports quoting Sputnik.


Authorities said most of the casualties were patients, according to the Yonhap news agency. Thirty-eight injured people were being treated at nearby clinics.


South Korean President Moon Jae-in has called an emergency meeting as death toll from the fire continued to rise reaching 33 from earlier reported 31.

Earlier, Yonhap reported 8 people dead and 40 injured in the blaze. Reuters has quoted a fire station official earlier as saying that the situation was developing quickly and the death toll was expected to rise further.

A hundred patients were believed to have been trapped inside the burning building, the outlet said, with more than 90 residents of an adjoining nursing home evacuated right away.