Fifteen children killed in Haiti orphanage fire

  • Saturday 15, February 2020 07:29 AM
  • Fifteen children killed in Haiti orphanage fire
Sharjah24 – AFP: Fifteen children were killed when a fire swept through an unlicensed orphanage outside Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince, a judge said on Friday, highlighting the severe shortcomings of the island nation's child welfare institutions.
Two children died in the blaze and 13 others died at a hospital as a result of smoke inhalation, said magistrate Raymonde Jean Antoine.

The building -- which had not been authorised to operate as an orphanage since 2013 -- housed about 66 children, she said.

The fire in Kenscoff -- a town of 50,000 south of the capital -- began shortly after 9:00 pm Thursday (0200 GMT Friday), Antoine added.

According to one of the children, the fire was ignited by candles that the young occupants had lit in their rooms because the electricity was out.

An investigation is underway to determine the exact cause of the fire and identify the people responsible for the orphanage.