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Tuesday 2 September 2014

South Korea hospital fire kills 21

Published 28/05/2014 | 00:27

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A police officer stands guard after a fire at a hospital annex housing elderly patients in South Korea (AP)
A police officer stands guard after a fire at a hospital annex housing elderly patients in South Korea (AP)

A fire at a hospital annex housing elderly patients in the South Korean county of Jangseong killed 21 people.

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Twenty patients and a nurse were killed and seven others were injured, officials with the Jangseong fire department said.

The victims died after suffocating on poisonous gas, officials said.

There were 33 patients and a nurse on duty when the fire broke out on the second floor of an annex of Hyosarang Hospital.

The fire was put out after about six minutes, the officials said. The cause was not immediately known.

The facility specialises in elderly patients who suffer from dementia and palsy, officials said.

The fire comes as South Korean officials are still searching for missing passengers from a ferry sinking last month that killed or left missing more than 300 people.

South Korea has also had two subway accidents in recent weeks.

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