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Algeria says 8 newborns die in fire at maternity hospital

/ 04:47 PM September 24, 2019

ALGIERS, Algeria — Eight newborns were killed Tuesday in a fire in the maternity wing of an Algerian hospital near the border with Tunisia, authorities said.

The health minister said the blaze may have been caused by a defective anti-mosquito device.

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The national emergency service said in a statement that the fire was under control but not yet extinguished. It said 11 newborns, 37 mothers, and 28 employees were evacuated after the blaze broke out at 4 a.m. (0300 GMT) in the town of El Oued, 600 kilometers (360 miles) southeast of the capital, Algiers.

Three babies died of burns and five of asphyxiation, the emergency service said.

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Health Minister Mohamed Miraoui said on Ennahar television that an investigation will determine whether the anti-mosquito device was responsible for the blaze. /kga

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