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YIDA - 5 Jan 2013

House fire kills child at refugee camp in South Sudan

A child of about three years of age died in a fire in one of the tents in Yida refugee camp in South Sudan on Thursday.

The fire broke out at about 2:00 in the afternoon after a girl carrying fire entered the dwelling.

Rescuers who came to the scene saved the younger brother of the victim but did not realize that the three-year old girl was in the same room because smoke blocked their visibility.

The parents of the late were outside of the home at the time of the fire. A large crowd gathered around the fire in grief and disbelief at this incident which was the first of its kind at the camp.

Photo: A woman grieves near the scene of a house fire in Yida in northern Unity State.