4 kids found dead at home

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By CHENG SI chengsi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Four chil­dren died of car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing in Bao­gu­nao town of Qiao­jia county, Yun­nan prov­ince, on Sun­day.

The lo­cal gov­ern­ment con­firmed the deaths but said the case is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The four chil­dren, all sur­named Chen, were re­ported to be from the same fam­ily. Their par­ents are farm­ers in the vil­lage and have five chil­dren.

As the tem­per­a­ture was low that day, the chil­dren shut the doors and win­dows and tried to stay warm by light­ing a fire in­side the house. The education bureau of Qiao­jia con­firmed on Thurs­day that the chil­dren died of car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing.

The old­est was 11 years old, while the youngest was only 4. They were found dead after their teacher no­ticed them ab­sent from class on Mon­day.

The par­ents were in Kun­ming, Yun­nan, vis­it­ing their older son when the tragedy hap­pened.

Do­na­tions for the four vic­tims and their fam­ily were pro­posed by Ji­u­niu Yiguanzhi School on Tues­day.

“Their deaths bring great sor­row to the par­ents and the whole fam­ily, we hope that ev­ery one of you can give a hand to the fam­ily to help them get through this hard time,” the writ­ten pro­posal said.

Do­na­tions to­taled 271 yuan ($40) by Thurs­day. Shu Fa­hai, prin­ci­pal of Ji­u­niu Yiguanzhi School, said, “The do­na­tions were given to the chil­dren’s par­ents. We also sent our con­do­lences.”

In 2012, five boys with an av­er­age age of 10 were found dead of car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing in a garbage bin in Bi­jie, Guizhou prov­ince.

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