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Mexican nursery fire claims 30 lives

By Jane Fazackarley     Jun 6, 2009 in World
It's estimated that 3 children after a fire ravaged a day care centre based in the north west of Mexico,officials have said.
The fire started at a nursery called the ABC centre which is situated in the Sonara state area of Mexico.
A number of children were rushed to local hospitals with burn injuries and others needed treatment for smoke inhalation. Government officials have said that the final number of those killed may rise.
The fire is said to have a engulfed the centre at such a rate that rescuers were unable to get the children out in time.
The Mexican President, Felipe Calderon, has spoken of his grief following the tragedy. The nursery was run by the countries social services.
Fire Fighters who were at the scene made holes in the wall to enable them to get to the children caught up in the fire inside.
There is said to be a large amount of ambulances outside the centre and plumes of smoke can be seen.
Around 176 children were at the nursery when the fire started and frantic parents hurried to the hospitals to find out any news that they could.
The children based at the centre were aged from just six months to five years.
The nursery was based next to a tyre depot which is where the fire is thought to have started and now questions are being asked as to why the centre was built there.
Jose Larrinaga, who speaks for the prosecutors office in Sonora, said:
"We're still investigating what caused the fire,"
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