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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Children killed in shelter blaze

Published 04/01/2013 | 06:30

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Yuan Lihai, center, speaks to investigators at the burnt remains of her private shelter for orphans and abandoned children in Lankao (AP)
A charred room with beds and bedding scattered after a fire at a shelter for orphans and abandoned children in China's Henan province (AP)

A fire at a private shelter for orphans and abandoned children in central China has killed at least seven youngsters and left a number of others injured.

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The official website China.org.cn said today the fire broke out at a shelter that was being run from a woman's home in Lankao county of Henan province.

The website cites police at the site as saying many children had been hurt in the fire, though the specific number was not yet available.

The woman who owned the home, Yuan Lihai, had for years been a street vendor in Lankao when she became locally known for sheltering abandoned children, the website said.

Another report said she had taken in more than 100 children over the past 20 years.

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