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Seven children killed in UAE house fire

Police said the eldest of the children was 13 and the youngest was five

Seven children killed in UAE house fire

Seven children died in following a house fire in Fujairah earlier this morning.

Police in the emirate said all seven, who were from the same family, died as a result of smoke inhalation.

Fujairah Police said they received a phonecall from a mother in the village of Dhadna the fire, who woke up to the smell of smoke in the house. She said that her house was on fire and that her children were trapped inside.

Emergency services were dispatched to the scene at Al-Balagh. All seven – three sons and four daughters - were pronounced dead when the police and civil defence patrols arrived at the scene.

Police said the eldest of the children was 13 and the youngest was five.

The commander-in-chief of Fujairah Police said they are currently gathering evidence to determine the cause of the fire. He urged the public to install smoke detectors in their homes.

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