22 girls killed, 38 injured as fire rips through teenage children’s home in Guatemala

March 9, 2017 | By | Reply More

At least 22 teenage girls have been killed, 38 injured after a fire swept through a children’s home in Guatemala. The victims were all aged 14 to 17-years-old.

teenage girlsThe horrific blaze swept the children shelter Virgen de la Asunción for in San Jose Pinula, around 14 miles from the capital Guatemala City.

The cramped building is a shelter for children fleeing abusive homes.

The accommodation was built to accommodate 400 children but around 750 live there, according to reports.

Eye witnesses claimed that the fire started as a result of a protest launched by some of the children against their treatment.

They are believed to have set fire to pillows in one of the rooms but it quickly spread.

The officials of Guatemalan government investigating the whole issue.

“It is really unfortunate what happened. The government and the police are on the scene and are going to investigate,” said Public Prosecutor Thelma Aldana.

While there were women’s day celebrations world-wide it is the second tragic fire to have occurred on International Women’s Day.

A heavily pregnant mum and two toddlers died after blaze at a women’s refuge in the early hours.

Press journalist for HRO media – Ignacio Damigo reports.

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