Ukraine fire leaves two children dead, one missing
Afire swept through a children’s camp in Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odessa, killing two girls and leaving a third one missing, authorities said yesterday.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman expressed condolences and vowed those responsible would face tough punishment. “It is a great tragedy when children die,” he said in televised remarks.
The fire broke out late Friday in the camp’s wooden two-storey building where children slept in the resort city of Odessa some 440km south of Kiev, emergencies services said.
After the blaze was put out three girls aged between 8 and 12 were unaccounted for and later “fragments of two burnt children’s bodies were found” during work to clear the debris, a services statement said. The services added the search for a missing child was under way with two more hospitalised.
“There is a glimmer of hope that she got scared and ran away and is in shock now,” said regional police spokesman Ruslan Forostyak, who said the fire alarm did not sound.