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5 family members killed in fire
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUL 29:
Published on 30 Jul. 2009 1:39 AM IST
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A woman and her four children, including a seven-month-old baby, were killed after their house caught fire at Mawkarah village, West Khasi Hills district, Tuesday night. The fire broke out at 11 pm Tuesday night in the village 30 kms from Mairang civil sub division. P Marngar managed to escape with one child but could not enter the next time into the blaze in which his wife and four of his children perished. West Khasi Hills Superintendent of Police, M Kharkhrang said the fire possibly broke out from a heap of charcoal kept on the verandah of the wooden house. “Since there was one exit it was not possible for the others to escape as the fire engulfed the exit,” Kharkhrang said. In the incident three girls aged twelve, seven, five and a seven-month-old boy died together with their mother. Another neighbouring house was also gutted, but everyone managed to escape from the fire. Meanwhile, police said investigations are on to ascertain the cause of the fire.

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