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Two Irish students killed in Belgian fire

Published on Feb 1, 2014 7:19 AM

BRUSSELS (AFP) - Two Irish students died on Friday after a fierce fire tore through their residence in the Belgian university town of Leuven, officials said.

The blaze, the cause of which was not known, broke out at around 6am (1pm Singapore time) in a two-storey student house, the Belga news agency quoted police as saying.

Ms Dace Zarina, 22, and Ms Sara Gibadlo, 19, were both killed in the fire, said the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, where they were students in hotel and catering management.

Two other students escaped from the blazing building while firefighters rescued another six from the residence, officials said.

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