12 Children Killed in Hostel Fire in Arunachal Pradesh

A massive fire broke out at a private hostel in Arunachal Pradesh on intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday, killing nearly 12 children and injuring eight others, reported IANS citing officials.

According to a police spokesperson, the fire broke out around midnight at a hostel – built with bamboo and hay – at Palin in Kurung Kummpy district, situated some 260 km north of state capital Itanagar, said report.

“Right now, we are in the process of evacuating the injured by choppers to hospitals in Itanagar. Twelve bodies have been found,” Remu Kemkei, district magistrate of Kurung Kummpy, was quoted as saying.

Nearly 62 students of a local branch of the Don Bosco chain of schools were staying at the privately run hostel.

“We are investigating the cause of the fire but preliminary reports indicate that it could be an accidental fire as students were studying under candle light since there was no power supply,” Kemkei was quoted as saying.

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