A fire at an orphanage in Estonia kills 10 (VIDEO)


This screen shot shows the Estonia orphanage where a fire killed 10 children on Sunday.

A fire at an home for disabled youth in Haapsalu, Estonia, killed 10 children Sunday. Most of the killed were orphans.

"Today's tragedy in Haapsalu has shocked the whole of Estonia," President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said in a statement. "We all share the mourning of the families and relatives of the victims and extend our condolences. Words are a feeble way to give solace, but let us offer support to those whom this dreadful accident has affected."

All of the dead killed in Estonia's worst care-home fire in more than a decade were children. Two adult caretakers were taken to a hospital with injuries.

The fire broke out in the home while the children were having their afternoon nap. Nine adults and 37 children were inside the wooden building when the fire began. By the time fire fighters reached the home, it was completely in flames.

Rescuers told BBC that most of the children in the home used wheelchairs and could not flee from the flames.

Names and ages of the victims were not given, but an official told AFP the youngest may have been four years old.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

It was the country's worst care-home fire in more than a decade, and the Estonian government declared a day of mourning for the children on Monday.


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