Seoul: A devastating fire took life of at least 40 lives including patients inside a hospital of North Korea. At least 70 people have been critically injured. The accident took place on Friday morning.
Following the fire around 100 patients were inside the hospital and rescue workers launched a desperate search for people.
The hospital evacuated 111 people, mostly patients to nearby hospitals and 94 patients from the nursing home – which adjoined the main building – and caught fire also escaped the area, according to authorities.
The blaze is suspected to have started in the emergency room and firefighters tackled the fire for three hours, authorities said.
The identities of the victims were not immediately known.
Miriam is about 270 km southeast of the capital Seoul.
The people who have been evacuated were being treated at six other nearby hospitals.
Smoke could be seen billowing from the building as fighter rushed to tackle the blaze.
This fire is the deadliest fire in the last 10 years. Last year 29 people were killed after flames ripped through an eight-story building in the city.
South Korea is set to hold the Winter Olympics from February 9 to 25.
Earlier this year talks with North Korea were sparked after Kim Jong-un revealed that his rogue state was considering sending athletes to the Winter Olympics – Pyongyang missed the last games in Canada.
It was later confirmed that North Korea would send 22 athletes to compete in three sports and five disciplines – including a unified women’s hockey team with South Korea.
The International Olympic Committee announced the rogue nation would be completing and both Korean teams will march together in the opening ceremony.