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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Fire in Don Bosco School Hostel - Arunachal Pradesh

India hostel blaze kills 12 school children.

Fire in Don Bosco School Hostel
February 11 2010 : At least 12 children were killed in a massive fire on Thursday which gutted a school hostel in northeastern India made of bamboo and hay, a local official said.

Most of the 62 students managed to escape from the blaze, which broke out just after midnight at a private hostel housing students attending the missionary school in the state of Arunachal Pradesh.

Eight students were injured and were being airlifted to hospitals in the state capital of Itanagar, 260 kilometres (160 miles) from the district of Kurung Kummey where the hostel was located.

"Twelve bodies have been found. Efforts are on to look for anybody trapped or buried in the debris of the hostel," district magistrate Remu Kemkei told.

He said authorities were investigating the cause of the fire but they believed it was accidental as students were burning candles because of an electrical power failure.

The Don Bosco School missionary school is located in a tribal area of Arunachal Pradesh.

Most of its students are members of tribes who come from remote areas to study at what is considered to be one of the best schools in the region.

The hostel was privately run as the school did not provide its own accommodation.

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