Policemen examine the scene of the fire at a hospital in Jangseong, southwest region of Jeolla May 28, 2014. REUTERS/Song Dae-wong/News1
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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.It was the second deadly fire in two days after seven people were killed in a blaze at a bus terminal near Seoul on Monday, and came as South Koreans were still reeling from a ferry disaster last month that claimed the lives of around 250 schoolchildren.The 20 patient fatalities in Wednesday's fire were among 34 people in wards on the upper floor, only seven of whom managed to escape the fire by themselves.
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