Saturday, 24 February, 2018

Hospital fire kills at least 30 in South Korea

At least 31 dead in South Korean hospital blaze South Korea hospital fire kills 33 people
Mandy Jefferson | 28 January, 2018, 00:35

At least 37 people are dead and dozens injured following a Friday morning fire that broke out in a hospital emergency room in Miryang, a town in southeastern South Korea.

According to authorities, the fire began at about 7:30 a.m.at Sejong Hospital in the southern city.

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

Moon's ruling Democratic Party said it would "embark on parliamentary discussions to legally support and protect citizens lives and safety", a spokesman said. The blaze was was extinguished after one hour and 40 minutes, Yonhap said.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Pope Francis is sending his condolences to the victims of the South Korean hospital fire and is encouraging emergency personnel as they try to help survivors. "The reason we could not install fire sprinklers at Sejong Hospital was that the facility did not have enough surface area to install them", he said.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange asks United Kingdom court to scrap arrest warrant
They argue that Assange shouldn't be immune from the law simply because he has managed to evade justice for years. A decision on whether to quash Assange's arrest warrant is due to be made at the same court on 6 February.


Firefighters put out a fire at a burning hospital in Miryang, South Korea, Jan. 26, 2018.

The fire is one of the deadliest South Korea has suffered in recent years.

At least 100 patients were inside the hospital when the fire broke out, the Yonhap news agency reported.

Interior Minister Kim Boo-kyum travelled to Miryang to apologise for the fire.

The fire came just about a month after a building fire accident which killed 29 people in Jecheon city, North Chungcheong province, roughly 170 km southeast of Seoul.

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