Dozens charred to death in South Korea hospital fire

Jan 26, 2018, 6:25 AM EST
(Source: AP/Kim Dong-mi/Yonhap)
(Source: AP/Kim Dong-mi/Yonhap)

At least 37 people were killed and more than 70 others injured after a deadly fire broke out at Sejong Hospital in South Korea’s south-eastern city of Miryang on Friday, raising concerns on the safety standards in one of the world’s leading economies.

The hospital, which is operating since 2008, did not have sprinkler system installed, however, the situation was about to change as a new law mandates all healthcare facilities to set up sprinklers by June this year, notes Reuters.

This is the deadliest fire tragedy in South Korea in a decade and follows just a month after 29 people were killed in a blaze at a fitness club in the city of Jecheon, writes The Guardian.