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Al Jazeera 14 Feb 2020

Haiti orphanage fire: 13 children killed in blaze near capital

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A fire has swept through an orphanage in Haiti, killing 15 people, 13 of them children. Seven were infants or toddlers, while six were aged roughly six or seven.
The orphanage is run by a US non-profit religious group, and is reported to have been unlicensed.
The cause of the fire is not clear but it is thought that candles were being used after a generator failed.
Al Jazeera's Andy Gallacher reports.


At least 15 children were killed when a fire swept through a Haitian children's home run by a Pennsylvania-based religious nonprofit group, officials said Friday. Rose-Marie Louis, a child-care worker at the home, said the fire began around 9 p.m. Thursday and firefighters took about 90 minutes to arrive.
Nearly 900 additional U.S troops have been sent to the Middle East, and the Pentagon warned Iran may be orchestrating more attacks on U.S. interests in the region.
At least eight patients were killed in a fire at a care home for the mentally ill in the Czech Republic on Sunday.
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Three US firefighters who died when their air tanker crashed while battling blazes in Australia have been identified.

Captain Ian McBeth, 45, first officer Paul Clyde Hudson, 43, and flight engineer Rick A DeMorgan Jr, 44, were killed in New South Wales on Thursday.

The cause of the C-130 Hercules crash is not yet known.

New South Wales (NSW) Premier Gladys Berejiklian called it an "unbelievable loss" and offered a state memorial.

Officials lost contact with the plane, owned by Canadian firefighting company Coulson Aviation, shortly before 13:30 local time (02:30 GMT).

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