The Straits Times
Published on Jan 04, 2013

Fire in private orphanage kills seven children in central China


BEIJING (AFP) - Seven children died and another was injured in a fire at a private orphanage in central China today, the local government and state media said.

Flames swept through the home for orphans and abandoned children in Lankao, Henan province, for around two hours before they were put out, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Four children died at the scene and three on their way to hospital, it said.

One child, aged about 10, was injured and hospitalised, according to a spokesman for the local government, who declined to be named. He was not aware of the dead children's ages.