Deadly inferno at South Korea hospital kills 41

Firefighters try to put out a fire at a hospital building engulfed by heavy grey smoke in Miryang on Jan. 26

The fire occurred around 7:30 a.m.at Sejong Hospital's emergency room and quickly spread to other parts of the hospital, according to authorities. Firefighters reported that victims died from smoke inhalation.

Moon then called Health and Welfare Minister Park Neung-hoo to consider relocating those injured to adjacent cities such as Busan, Changwon and Gimhae, if medical centers in Miryang can not provide them with sufficient medical services.

Friday's blaze is the worst fire the country has witnessed in more than a decade.

After Friday's fire, South Korean President Moon Jae-in called an emergency staff meeting.

South Korea, Asia's fourth-largest economy and one of the world's fastest-ageing populations, has faced criticism in recent years over inadequate safety standards.




The presidential Blue House put the hospital fire death toll at 41.

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. Most of the dead were reportedly found at the emergency room on the first floor and a ward on the second floor in the six-story building.

The official says the cause of the fire was under investigation.

Rescue teams carry a victim from a hospital after fire in Miryang, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. While the patients in the nursing home were evacuated safely, more than 70 people inside the main hospital building were injured and transferred to nearby medical facilities.

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