S Korea hospice fire kills 21, patient arson suspected  

May 28, 2014 7:28 AM

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JANGSEONG: A fire swept through a South Korean hospice for elderly, infirm patients early Wednesday, killing 21 people, as police investigated an 81-year-old suffering from dementia who may have started the blaze. Most of the victims died from asphyxiation, rescue officials said, as the fire on the upper floor of the three-storey facility filled the rooms and corridors with toxic clouds of choking smoke.

Another seven people were injured, six of whom were in a critical condition as the result of excessive smoke inhalation.

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