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6 children, 2 others killed in fire at South African orphanage

6 children, 2 others killed in fire at South African orphanage

South Africa

Eight people including six children were killed in a fire early Thursday morning at an orphanage in Durban, South Africa.

Emergency services say the fire razed the building and the youngest among the six children who were victims was 8 years old.

“We responded to the fire at 2:20 local time (00:20 GMT) this morning. Four other people were hospitalised and some with serious injuries but in a stable condition,” spokesperson for the emergency services of the KwaZulu-Natal province, Robert McKenzie, told AFP.

The cause of the fire is unknown but suspected to have started from the boys’ orphanage. Firefighters managed to extinguish it at 6:30 local time (4:30 GMT).

In February 2010, fire killed 13 children and two adults in another orphanage in the KwaZulu-Natal province.