Seven kids die in China orphanage blaze

Seven children died of burns in China`s Henan province in a fire that engulfed an orphanage, Xinhua reported.

Updated: Jan 04, 2013, 14:09 PM IST

Beijing: Seven children died of burns in China`s Henan province on Friday in a fire that engulfed an orphanage, Xinhua reported.
The fire, which occurred at 8.30 am in a house in Lankao county, was contained within two hours, a government official said, adding that four children died at the site while another three perished on way to hospital.

The house was apparently being used as a private orphanage, as residents said a woman named Yuan Lihai used the home to shelter orphans and abandoned children.

The cause of the fire could not be immediately ascertained.

IANS