Police: SKorean fire likely caused by electrical fault

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Police: SKorean fire likely caused by electrical fault
Police investigators prepare to inspect a burnt hospital after a fire in Miryang, South Korea, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. A fire raced through the small South Korean hospital with no sprinkler system on Friday, killing 37 people, many of them elderly, and injuring more than 140 others in the country's deadliest blaze in about a decade. The sign reads "Sejong Hospital." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean police say a hospital fire that killed 37 people in the southern city of Miryang was most likely caused by an electrical fault in the first-floor emergency room.

A police official said Saturday that a joint investigation carried out by police, fire services and forensic experts concluded that a fault in the electrical system in the ceiling of the emergency room’s pantry most likely sparked Friday’s blaze.

Also Saturday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited the site of the country’s deadliest blaze in a decade and vowed to raise safety standards for hospitals. He also met with the victims’ grieving relatives.

Officials say the six-floor facility did not have sprinklers because it wasn’t big enough to be required by law to have such systems.