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Estonia orphanage fire kills 10 children

  • 2-20-2011

_51346617_estonia_haapsalu_0211.gifA fire has swept through an orphanage for disabled children in the western Estonian town of Haapsalu, killing 10 children, officials say.

Nine adults and 37 children were inside the wooden building when the fire started at 1230 GMT, rescue official Viktor Saaremets said.

By the time firefighters arrived at the scene, the building was completely in flames, AP reported him as saying.

The cause of the blaze has not yet been established.

The Estonian government has met for an emergency meeting and declared Monday a nationwide day of mourning, according to AP news agency.

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