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28 January 2018, 12:40 | Ricardo Garza

15 killed, dozens injured in South Korean hospital blaze

South Korea hospital fire: Death toll rises to 31 (UPDATED)

Moon then called Health and Welfare Minister Park Neung-hoo to consider relocating those injured to adjacent cities such as Busan, Changwon and Gimhae, if medical centers in Miryang can not provide them with sufficient medical services.

Officials from the National Fire Agency said the death toll had already reached 31 by 11 a.m. - with at least 74 people injured, including 13 critically.

The blaze is thought to have started in the emergency room at Sejong Hospital in the south-eastern city of Miryang.

One emergency room doctor who was on duty, one nurse and one nurse assistant died in the fire Friday morning at Sejong Hospital. Many died from suffocation.

Firefighters spent about 3 hours containing the flames at Sejong Hospital.

Moon's ruling Democratic Party said it would "embark on parliamentary discussions to legally support and protect citizens lives and safety", a spokesman said. Fire chief Choi Man-woo told reporters that the cause of the fire was not yet known. The hospital's operations were suspended after the fire. It wasn't immediately clear why it wasn't required.

President Moon Jae-in convened an emergency meeting with his senior aides to discuss ways to deal with the accident, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said.

Authorities revised the death toll down from 39 on Friday afternoon, but a Miryang City official warned it could rise as at least 18 patients remained in critical condition.

No Malaysians were involved in the deadly blaze at a hospital in South Korea, Wisma Putra confirmed today.

A 2014 fire at a rural hospital for chronically-ill elderly patients killed 21 people.

Last weekend, a fire at a Seoul motel killed six people.

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