Twenty one people were killed and six left in a critical condition after a fire swept through a hospital in South Korea.
Most of the patients who died atHyosarang Hospital in the southwestern city ofJanseongwere in their seventies and eighties.
An officer with the Jangseong Fire Department said the victims died after suffocating on poisonous gas.
The 30 bedridden patients were reportedly trapped by choking fumes on the second floor of an annex building, while 10 patients on the first floor managed to escape.
One nurse was on duty at the time and was among the dead.
The officer said the fire was put out after about seven minutes and that the cause was not immediately known.
It was South Korea’s second deadly blaze in two days. Seven people were killed and 41 injured in a fire at a bus terminal near Seoul on Monday.
28 May 2014 | 12:33 am – Source: orange.co.uk