Fire kills 37 in a hospital in Miryang, South Korea

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A fire in a hospital in South Korea killed least 37 people and left 70 injured.

A spark supposed to start from emergency room at Sejong Hospital in the south-eastern city of Miryang.

There was a junk of around 200 patients inside the building and an adjoining nursing home at the time of fire.

A search team is still under action and the death toll is expected to rise with several of the injured in critical condition.

Firefighters said the victims appeared to have died from smoke inhalation. Three hospital medical staff – a doctor, nurse and nursing assistant – are among the victims.

Authorities have given varying death tolls, with police earlier saying 41 had died, but fire officials and hospital sources now say at least 37 are dead.

Miryang is about 270km (168 miles) south-east of the capital, Seoul.