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At least 33 die in SK hospital fire

At least 33 die in SK hospital fire

It started from an emergency room on the hospital's first floor. He further said that some 80 percent of the fatalities were elderly patients. President Moon Jae-in called for swift measures to minimize damage from the fire.

A total of 194 people had been hospitalised in two buildings of Sejong Hospital (Picture: AP) The cause of the fire is now under investigation.

At least 100 patients were inside the hospital when the fire broke out, the Yonhap news agency reported. Most of the deaths were due to smoke inhalation.

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It was later confirmed that North Korea would send 22 athletes to compete in three sports and five disciplines - including a unified women's hockey team with South Korea.

A massive fire ripped through a South Korean hospital early Friday morning, killing and injuring dozens. NPR's Elise Hu has more.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, said Choi Man-woo, head of Miryang Fire Station, in a televised press briefing.

Firefighters had evacuated around roughly 200 people from the main hospital building and nursing home directly behind the hospital, Choi said. "I'm sorry for the patients and their caretakers", Director Seok Jeong-sik said.

According to firefighters it took nearly two hours to get the blaze under control.

"I was on my way home from work when I saw the smoke".

(STAND-UP) "These latest series of accidents can't be good news for Mr. Moon Jae-in, who took office in May, vowing to make the country's instutitions safer pledging to a nation still reeling from the trauma of the 2014 sinking of a ferry, which killed more than 300 people, a lot of them teenagers". With the death count near 40, this tragedy is already among the deadliest fires in South Korean history.

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