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12 schoolchildren die in AP fire
Published on 12 Feb. 2010 12:19 AM IST
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At least 12 schoolchildren were charred to death and eight injured in a massive fire that broke out at a private hostel in Arunachal Pradesh, officials said Thursday. A police spokesperson said that the fire broke out around midnight at a hostel built with bamboo and hay at Palin in Kurung Kummpy district, 260 km north of State capital Itanagar. “Right now, we are in the process of evacuating the injured by choppers to hospitals in Itanagar. Twelve bodies have been found,” Remu Kemkei, district magistrate of Kurung Kummpy, told IANS. There were 62 students of a local branch of the Don Bosco chain of schools staying at the privately-run hostel. “We are investigating the cause of the fire but preliminary reports indicate that it could be an accidental fire as students were studying under candle light since there was no power supply,” Kemkei said. Don Bosco condoles The members of Don Bosco Society, Dimapur province has expressed their deep regret and sorrow at the sudden and untimely death of 13 young children, all students of Don Bosco School Palin, Kurung Kumeyi district, Arunachal Pradesh. In a press release issued by Don Bosco Society, Dimapur Province said the accidental incident took place on Wednesday night at one of the private hostel closed to Don Bosco School, Palin. The cause of the fire could not be ascertained.

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