South Korea Hospital Fire

The New York Times

The New York Times

Thania Salinas, Reporter

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Around 39 citizens were killed and dozens more were injured after a violent and rapid fire spread flames through a hospital in Miryang, South Korea. On Friday January 26, 2018, one of the country’s deadliest blazes in decades begun as the fire spread at the Sejong Hospital’s emergency room before penetrating the first floor. When firefighters arrived, they approached the second floor through upper windows in order to rescue the trapped patients, doctors, and nurses. Allegedly, over 130 people were injured at the incident and dozens passed away from smoke inhalation and suffocation.

South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-In, and his office had previously given an incorrect death toll of the victims, at 41 deaths. Officials later revised and corrected the tolls, realizing that various victims were counted more than once. The tragedy at Sejong hospital was certain to raise questions about safety standards in buildings for it occured weeks after a similar tragedy in another South Korean city. The cause of the fire has not been specifically revealed, and officials describe how the six-story hospital did not have sprinklers, for it was not large enough to require one under the law.  The owner and manager of the hospital were later arrested for multiple safety concerns as several  governing parties travelled to Miryang to offer their condolences and a thorough investigation concerning the fire incident.

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