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>> A tragic hospital fire in South Korea leaving more than 37 people dead on Friday and another 140 wounded. The fire is thought to have started in the first floor emergency room at Sejong Hospital in Miryang town, South-East of Seoul. But serious questions are now being asked about the hospital's safety measures as Reuters Christine Kim explains.
>> Fire station officials have said the hospital didn't have sprinkler system installed while the hospital officials said earlier in the day due to the small capacity of the hospital, it was not mandatory for it to have a sprinkler system. It did however have fire extinguishers which the people inside seemingly used to put out some of the flames.
While the health minister said in a joint briefing that the government would look into enforcing the law which could possibly make it mandatory for more buildings in South Korea to install sprinklers systems.>> South Korea's President Moon Jae-in has called for an emergency meeting and praised officials to continue treating evacuees to keep the death toll from rising further.
Roughly 200 people, mostly elderly were inside the hospital building and a nursing home nearby. Many of them were forced to walk through fire and smoke in order to escape. Others who could not walk were carried out. Officials are now investigating the reason for the blaze, the deadliest in more than ten years.