Fifteen Children Killed In Haiti Orphanage Fire
A fire swept through an unlicensed orphanage outside Haiti ’ s capital Port -au -Prince, killing 15 children , a local judge told AFP on Friday.
The building – which had not been authorized to operate as an orphanage since 2013 – housed about 66 children , said Raymonde Jean Antoine .
The fire in Kenscoff – a town of 50, 000 south of the capital – began shortly after 9 : 00 pm Thursday ( 0200 GMT Friday) , she said .
Two children died in the blaze and 13 others died at a local hospital as a result of smoke inhalation , the judge added.
The cause of the fire and the victims ’ ages were not immediately known .
The two -story building was in a state of complete disrepair, with bunk beds – some in deplorable condition – crammed into small rooms , a cramped staircase and only one usable exit door , an AFP reporter saw.
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