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People walk outside an orphanage after part of it was destroyed in a fire, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Photo: Reuters/Jeanty Junior Augustin

People walk outside an orphanage after part of it was destroyed in a fire, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Photo: Reuters/Jeanty Junior Augustin

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People walk outside an orphanage after part of it was destroyed in a fire, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Photo: Reuters/Jeanty Junior Augustin

Thirteen children died in a fire at an orphanage outside the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, a child-care worker said yesterday.

Rose-Marie Louis told The Associated Press (AP) that she saw 13 children's bodies being carried out of the Orphanage of the Church of Bible Understanding in the Kenscoff area outside Port-au-Prince.

Ms Louis said the fire began around 9pm Thursday and firefighters took about one and a half hours to arrive.

About seven were babies or toddlers and about six were roughly 10 or 11 years old, she said, adding the orphanage had been using candles for light due to problems with its generator and inverter.

Fire and police officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

AP has reported on a long-standing series of problems at two orphanages run by the Church of Bible Understanding.

Irish Independent