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15 children die in Haiti orphanage fire

Port-au-Prince: Not less than 15 kids had been killed in a hearth at a Haiti orphanage run by a US-based Christian non-profit group, authorities stated.

Two kids died of their rooms when the fireplace erupted on Thursday evening within the orphanage situated on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, whereas the opposite 13 succumbed to respiratory issues at a close-by hospital, Efe information quoted a senior official as saying on Friday.

“Unfortunately, the Fermathe hospital where the victims were admitted couldn’t do much. They were already in serious condition and breathing very weakly even before they arrived there,” the official stated.

A candle left on a board in one of many hallways within the two-storey advanced was the obvious origin of the blaze.

The hearth unfold by the bottom ground of the constructing and left one bed room and different rooms fully charred, however the smoke additionally affected the second ground the place the opposite bedrooms had been situated.

The orphanage, which had the capability to deal with 66 kids, has been run for the previous 40 years by the Orphanage of the Church of Bible Understanding, a Pennsylvania-based Christian group.

Positioned in Petion-Ville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, the orphanage didn’t have an working allow.

That state of affairs is the norm on this impoverished nation, with solely 35 of Haiti’s 754 orphanages having a license to function.

(IANS)

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