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Five children under 10 die in France house fire

Published on Apr 1, 2013 6:24 AM

LILLE, France (AFP) - Five children between the ages of two and 10 died when a fire ravaged their home in northern France overnight while staying with their divorced father who was seriously burned trying to save them, officials said Sunday.

In Saint-Quentin, a town about 130km north-east of Paris, a father who had his children for the weekend jumped out of a first-floor window to go to get help as flames engulfed his house.

The father in his forties attempted to go back into the house with a neighbour but the two were helpless in the face of the massive flames.

"He never thought of himself. He tried to go get help. He burned himself trying to save his son," said the neighbour Olivier Hubeaux.

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