Deadly fire at Mexico day care center claims lives of 29 children
A deadly fire at a Mexico day care center has claimed the lives of 29 children and injured several others.
The victims were from 1 to 5 years old, said Jose Larrinaga, the spokesman.
The fire appeared to have started at 3 p.m. in a warehouse next door to the one-story concrete building that housed the state-run ABC Daycare and spread to the state-run institution, news reports said.
By then, many children had already been picked up by their parents from the one-story building, but others came after the blaze had been put out. As they came upon the scene, some screamed their children's names and others fainted.
In a message of condolence, President Felipe Calderon wished a quick recovery for the injured, who were taken to several area hospitals.
Authorities also dispatched 15 specialists in reconstruction and three air ambulances to the area along with respirators and specialized medicines.
Calderon ordered the director of the Mexican Institute of Social Security, Daniel Karam Toumeh, to travel to the city and oversee the care of the affected children and their families. He also ordered the attorney general of the republic to open an investigation.
According to an AP report at MSNBC, most of the children had died from asphyxiation. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Related story from the BBC, here.