Unattended, 5 boys in China die from suffocation

BEIJING (AP) - Chinese state media say five unsupervised boys aged 4 to 6 have suffocated after lighting a fire in an abandoned barn in south-western China.

The official Xinhua News Agency says four of the boys were found dead in the barn Monday in Majiang county in the south-western province of Guizhou, and that the fifth boy died later in a hospital. A Majiang official confirmed the report Tuesday. He declined to give his name.

Xinhua said a preliminary investigation showed the boys burned hay in the mud-brick structure, which had only one exit. It said the boys were left unsupervised because their parents were helping with a local wedding.

Last November, five runaway boys died in a garbage bin where they sought shelter and warmth, also in Guizhou.