Dozens killed in South Korean hospital fire

Yahoo News Photo Staff

A fire raced through a small South Korean hospital with no sprinkler system on Friday, killing 37 people, many of them elderly, and injuring more than 140 others in the country’s deadliest blaze in about a decade.

Sejong Hospital in the southeastern city of Miryang has a separate nursing ward where 94 elderly patients were being treated, but all of them were safely evacuated, fire officials said.

Most of the victims were on the first and second floors of the hospital’s six-story general ward, where its emergency room and intensive-care unit were located. Officials believe the fire started in the emergency room.

Mirayng police official Kim Han-su said 34 of the dead were women and 26 were in their 80s or older. He said police may be able to announce the cause of the fire on Saturday. (AP)

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<p>Rescue workers remove a survivor from a hospital fire on January 26, 2018 in Miryang, South Korea. (Photo: Kim Gu-Yeon/Gyeongnam Domin Ilbo via Getty Images) </p>
Dozens killed in South Korean hospital fire

Rescue workers remove a survivor from a hospital fire on January 26, 2018 in Miryang, South Korea. (Photo: Kim Gu-Yeon/Gyeongnam Domin Ilbo via Getty Images)

<p>Police investigators leave after inspecting a hospital after a fire in Miryang, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Ahn Young-joon/AP) </p>
Dozens killed in South Korean hospital fire

Police investigators leave after inspecting a hospital after a fire in Miryang, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Ahn Young-joon/AP)

<p>A staff (C) of Miryang hospital is helped by firefighters in front of the damaged hospital after it was burned by a fire in Miryang, South Korea, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Kim Hee-Chul EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Dozens killed in South Korean hospital fire

A staff (C) of Miryang hospital is helped by firefighters in front of the damaged hospital after it was burned by a fire in Miryang, South Korea, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Kim Hee-Chul EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Rescue teams remove bodies from a hospital fire in Miryang, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Kim Gu Yeon/Gyeongnam Domin Ilbo via AP) </p>
Dozens killed in South Korean hospital fire

Rescue teams remove bodies from a hospital fire in Miryang, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Kim Gu Yeon/Gyeongnam Domin Ilbo via AP)

<p>Police investigators inspect the scene after a fire broke out at a hospital building after a fire broke out in Miryang on Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Dozens killed in South Korean hospital fire

Police investigators inspect the scene after a fire broke out at a hospital building after a fire broke out in Miryang on Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Rescue workers searched a scorched, smoke-filled hospital on Jan. 26, 2018 in Miryang, South Korea. (Photo: Kim Gu-Yeon/Gyeongnam Domin Ilbo via Getty Images) </p>
Dozens killed in South Korean hospital fire

Rescue workers searched a scorched, smoke-filled hospital on Jan. 26, 2018 in Miryang, South Korea. (Photo: Kim Gu-Yeon/Gyeongnam Domin Ilbo via Getty Images)

<p>A man tries to peep inside a burnt hospital in Miryang, South Korea, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Kim Hong-ji/Reuters) </p>
Dozens killed in South Korean hospital fire

A man tries to peep inside a burnt hospital in Miryang, South Korea, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Kim Hong-ji/Reuters)

<p>Rescue workers carry a patient on Jan. 26, 2018 in Miryang, South Korea. (Photo: Kookje Shinmun via Getty Images) </p>
Dozens killed in South Korean hospital fire

Rescue workers carry a patient on Jan. 26, 2018 in Miryang, South Korea. (Photo: Kookje Shinmun via Getty Images)

<p>Firefighters inspects a burnt hospital after a fire on January 26, 2018 in Miryang, South Korea. (Photo: Kookje Shinmun via Getty Images) </p>
Dozens killed in South Korean hospital fire

Firefighters inspects a burnt hospital after a fire on January 26, 2018 in Miryang, South Korea. (Photo: Kookje Shinmun via Getty Images)

<p>A patient is rescued from a burning hospital in Miryang, South Korea, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Kim Dong-min/Yonhap via Reuters) </p>
Dozens killed in South Korean hospital fire

A patient is rescued from a burning hospital in Miryang, South Korea, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Kim Dong-min/Yonhap via Reuters)

<p>A firefighter looks around at a burnt hospital in Miryang, South Korea, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Yonhap via Reuters) </p>
Dozens killed in South Korean hospital fire

A firefighter looks around at a burnt hospital in Miryang, South Korea, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Yonhap via Reuters)

<p>Rescue teams carry a body from a hospital fire in Miryang, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Kim Gu Yeon/Gyeongnam Domin Ilbo via AP) </p>
Dozens killed in South Korean hospital fire

Rescue teams carry a body from a hospital fire in Miryang, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Kim Gu Yeon/Gyeongnam Domin Ilbo via AP)

<p>A police investigator examines a burnt hospital in Miryang, South Korea, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Kim Hong-ji/Reuters) </p>
Dozens killed in South Korean hospital fire

A police investigator examines a burnt hospital in Miryang, South Korea, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Kim Hong-ji/Reuters)

<p>Rescue workers carry a patient on Jan. 26, 2018 in Miryang, South Korea. (Photo: Kookje Shinmun via Getty Images) </p>
Dozens killed in South Korean hospital fire

Rescue workers carry a patient on Jan. 26, 2018 in Miryang, South Korea. (Photo: Kookje Shinmun via Getty Images)

<p>Rescue workers searched a scorched, smoke-filled hospital on Jan.26, 2018 in Miryang, South Korea. (Photo: Kim Gu-Yeon/Gyeongnam Domin Ilbo via Getty Images) </p>
Dozens killed in South Korean hospital fire

Rescue workers searched a scorched, smoke-filled hospital on Jan.26, 2018 in Miryang, South Korea. (Photo: Kim Gu-Yeon/Gyeongnam Domin Ilbo via Getty Images)

<p>A hospital is seen after a fire in Miryang, South Korea, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Kim Hong-ji/Reuters) </p>
Dozens killed in South Korean hospital fire

A hospital is seen after a fire in Miryang, South Korea, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Kim Hong-ji/Reuters)

<p>Firefighters put out a fire at a burning hospital in Miryang, South Korea, Jan.26, 2018. (Photo: Kim Dong-min/Yonhap via Reuters) </p>
Dozens killed in South Korean hospital fire

Firefighters put out a fire at a burning hospital in Miryang, South Korea, Jan.26, 2018. (Photo: Kim Dong-min/Yonhap via Reuters)

<p>Fire fighters leave after inspecting a hospital after a fire in Miryang, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Ahn Young-joon/AP) </p>
Dozens killed in South Korean hospital fire

Fire fighters leave after inspecting a hospital after a fire in Miryang, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo: Ahn Young-joon/AP)

<p>Rescue workers searched a scorched, smoke-filled hospital on Jan. 26, 2018 in Miryang, South Korea. (Photo: Kim Gu-Yeon/Gyeongnam Domin Ilbo via Getty Images) </p>
Dozens killed in South Korean hospital fire

Rescue workers searched a scorched, smoke-filled hospital on Jan. 26, 2018 in Miryang, South Korea. (Photo: Kim Gu-Yeon/Gyeongnam Domin Ilbo via Getty Images)

<p>Firefighters inspects a burnt hospital after a fire on January 26, 2018 in Miryang, South Korea. (Photo: Kyungnam Shinmun via Getty Images) </p>
Dozens killed in South Korean hospital fire

Firefighters inspects a burnt hospital after a fire on January 26, 2018 in Miryang, South Korea. (Photo: Kyungnam Shinmun via Getty Images)

<p>Firefighters inspects a burnt hospital after a fire on Jan. 26, 2018 in Miryang, South Korea. (Photo: Kyungnam Shinmun via Getty Images) </p>
Dozens killed in South Korean hospital fire

Firefighters inspects a burnt hospital after a fire on Jan. 26, 2018 in Miryang, South Korea. (Photo: Kyungnam Shinmun via Getty Images)

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