Rangoon school blaze claims 13 lives

The fire was believed to have been caused by an electrical fault. Photo / AP
The fire was believed to have been caused by an electrical fault. Photo / AP

Thirteen people, including children, have been killed after a fire broke out in a Muslim school in Rangoon because of a suspected electrical fault, police in Burma's main city say.

The blaze comes against a backdrop of heightened Buddhist-Muslim tensions in Burma following recent sectarian clashes, but police said the blaze appeared accidental. A police officer at the scene said: "We assume that it was due to an electrical short circuit."

The building housed a mosque and a religious school where children were staying while taking a summer class. Residents said the victims were believed to be orphans. A second police officer said the 13 dead were among more than 70 people sleeping at the school when the fire broke out.

- NZ Herald

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