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21 killed in South Korean elderly hospital

Hospital Safety Insider, May 29, 2014

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A fire broke out at a South Korean hospital for the elderly early Wednesday, killing 21 people - most of them patients in their 70s and 80s who had difficulty walking and were asphyxiated, according to a report from CNN.

 

The fire, which occurred on the second floorof the Hyosarang Hospital for the Elderly in Jangseong, a town about 170 miles south of Seoul, broke out around 12:27 and was extinguished within a half hour, but many of the victims could not escape toxic fumes that filled the second floor of the two-story building, reports indicated.

No cause has been reported for the fire, but police reportedly detained a patient suffering from dementia whom they suspect of starting the blaze after examining video footage. The man, who is in his early 80s and was identified only by his surname of Kim, denies causing the fire, CNN reported.

 



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