According to the authorities, the fire began at about 7:30 a.m. at Sejong Hospital in the southern city.
As of 9:10 a.m., more than 20 people have been taken to nearby hospitals, three of whom have died. At the time of the fire, 100 patients were in the wards.
All patients of the hospice adjacent to the hospital – 78 individuals – are said to have been evacuated safely.
By Choi He-suk (firstname.lastname@example.org)