Ukraine fire leaves two chil­dren dead, one miss­ing

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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.

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