A deadliest fire engulfed a hospital in South Korean city of Miryang and turns the place into a horror film scene as flames and toxic smoke swept through hospital while leaving at least 37 people dead and more than 140 injured.
Most casualties occurred from smoke inhalation
According to officials, the fire might start from the Sejong Hospital’s emergency room in south-eastern city of Miryang. At that time, 200 patients were there inside the hospital building and adjoining nursing home.
Officials feared that death toll could rise, as still; several injured are in critical condition. The recent fire in South Korea can considered the deadliest in almost a decade due to its intensity and human loss.
The fire flare up around 07:30 local time (22:30 GMT on Thursday) and extinguish in about three hours.
Firefighters thought that most victims have died from smoke inhalation. Moreover, three hospital medical staff, a doctor, nurse and nursing assistant also lost their lives.
A patient Jang Yeong-jae detailed that when incident occurred, nurses shouted ‘Fire!’ in the hallway, meanwhile, insisted people to leave.
He further said, “But when I opened the exit door, the whole stairway was filled with dark smoke and I couldn’t see a thing. Everybody was running around in panic, falling over and screaming as smoke filled the rooms.”
Mr Jang shredded open window screens and runaway down through a ladder put up by firefighters.
According to fire Chief Choi Man-woo, the cause of the fire is still not clear. Meanwhile, local media revealed that hospital building did not have fire sprinklers installed. But, the building didn’t not require having sprinklers bylaw.
However, a new law is in line for to impose on 30 June will make sprinklers essential for nursing homes.
Once Miryang got popularity for an award-winning film of the same name, it is situated about 270km (168 miles) south-east of the capital, Seoul.
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