South Korean firemen extinguish a fire in South Korea's southeastern Milyang city, Jan. 26, 2018. The death toll from a hospital fire, which occurred in South Korea's southeastern Milyang city, has risen to 15, local broadcaster YTN reported Friday citing the firefighting authorities. (Xinhua/Newsis)
SEOUL, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from a hospital fire, which occurred at the Milyang cith in southeastern South Korea, has risen to 33, multiple local media reported Friday citing the country's firefighting authorities.
The blaze occurred at about 7:30 a.m. local time Friday (2230 GMT Thursday) at the Sejong Hospital in Milyang city, South Gyeongsang province. It started from an emergency room on the hospital's first floor.
At least 33 people were confirmed dead, with tens of others injured. The death toll could rise as the rescue operation was still underway.
About 100 patients were originally in the hospital, some 390 km southeast of the capital Seoul. All of the 93 patients at a nursing home, adjoined to the hospital, evacuated safely.
The hospital was reported to have treated patients suffering mainly from cerebrovascular disease and stroke.
President Moon Jae-in convened an emergency meeting with his senior secretaries, ordering a thorough response to the blaze. The presidential Blue House launched the national crisis management center to deal with the disaster.