Blackouts kill five children
Five children were killed in three separate house fires over the weekend, caused by candles being used as a result of the daily blackouts.
The last case was on Sunday night, 13 September 2015 when a brother and sister were burned to death. Both were under the age of two and lived in Pueblo Nuevo, a rural area some 70 kilometers east of Santo Domingo.
Aracelis Ramirez, mother of 20-month old Xavier and seven-month old Ariana said that the candle was lit in the bedroom they slept in when she left the home for a moment. The fire burned the wooden hut to the ground.
On the same night a 21-month old boy was burned to death when his house burned down in Los Alcarrizos in the west of Santo Domingo, again due to a lit candle and on Saturday two children died, one aged six and the other two, in a fire in Santiago Rodriguez province. Once again a candle was burning in the children’s bedroom.
Source: DR1, Hoy
Sep 15, 2015
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