10 children charred to death in India's northeast

The fire was most likely caused when the children used candles during a power outage.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 11, 2010 13:27
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At least 10 schoolchildren were charred to death and many others injured in a fire at a hostel in India's remote northeastern Arunachal Pradesh state, a local official said Thursday.

The fire broke out late Wednesday in a building in which the children's hostel was located in Palin, a small town in Koloriang district, said Remo Kamki, the district magistrate.

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The fire was most likely caused when the children used candles during a power outage, he said.

Local residents helped put out the fire and took the injured, some of whom were badly burned, to a nearby hospital, he said.

Palin is a four-hour drive from the district headquarters, Koloriang, and is so remote that it does not have any telephone connections.

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