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S Korea Hospital Fire

May 28, 2014 by  

S Korea Hospital Fire, 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.

Police said that after examining video footage, they had detained a patient suffering from dementia whom they suspect of starting the blaze in the southern county of Jangseong.

The man, who is in his early 80s and was identified only by his surname of Kim, denies causing the fire, said Roh Gyu-ho, the head of Jangseong Police Station.

The fire started shortly after midnight in an annex building of the hospital where scores of patients in fragile states were staying.

Many of them were suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, complications from strokes or other chronic diseases, the national news agency Yonhap reported, citing police and fire officials.

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