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Monday 22 October 2018

South Korean hospital fire ’caused by electrical fault’

The blaze was South Korea’s deadliest in more than a decade.

Police investigators prepare to inspect the site (Ahn Young-joon/AP)
Police investigators prepare to inspect the site (Ahn Young-joon/AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

A hospital fire that killed 37 people in South Korea was most likely caused by an electrical fault in the first-floor emergency room, police have said.

A joint investigation carried out by police, fire services and forensic experts concluded that a fault in the electrical system in the ceiling of the emergency room’s pantry most likely sparked Friday’s blaze in the southern city of Miryang, said Kim Han-su, a police official there.

The blaze was South Korea’s deadliest in more than a decade.

President Moon Jae-in visited the site on Saturday and vowed to raise safety standards for hospitals.

He also met with the victims’ grieving relatives.

Officials say the six-floor facility did not have sprinklers because it was not big enough to be required by law to have such systems.

Police said 34 of the dead were women and 26 were aged 80 or older.

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