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Dozens die as blaze rips through hospital without sprinkler system in S. Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — A fire in a South Korean hospital which did not have a sprinkler system killed at least 37 people and injured at least 130 others, officials said Friday. The fire started in Sejong Hospital's emergency room and had engulfed the first floor when firefighters arrived. They approached the second floor through the windows to rescue trapped patients, said Choi Man-wu, a fire official in the southeastern city of Miryang. The fire is the country's deadliest in at least a decade, according to Yonhap news agency. South Korea, Asia’s fourth-largest economy, has faced criticism in recent years over inadequate safety standards. Most of ...