Ar­son likely cause of deadly ma­ter­nity ward fire

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A fire that killed 13 chil­dren in an Iraqi ma­ter­nity ward was ap­par­ently started in­ten­tion­ally, the health min­istry’s spokesper­son said. Ahmed alRudeini had pre­vi­ously said the Au­gust 10 fire at Yar­muk Hos­pi­tal, one of the main such fa­cil­i­ties in Bagh­dad, had been started by an elec­tri­cal fault. But an in­ves­ti­ga­tion found “the pres­ence of flammable ma­te­ri­als at the site, and this, of course, in­di­cates the oc­cur­rence of ar­son”, he said, also rais­ing the death toll from the blaze to 13 from 12.

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