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Five Children Killed In Astana Home Fire


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ASTANA – A fire in the Kazakh capital, Astana, has killed five children from a single family, officials say.

City authorities said on February 4 that the fire hit a house overnight, killing five girls aged between three months and 13 years.

Emergency service officials told RFE/RL that the blaze occurred during the night when both parents were at work.

The fire was extinguished one hour after the firefighters received a call from neighbors, they said.

The children's father was said to work as a car mechanic, while the mother is an employee of a plant producing payment cards.

The couple has received assistance from psychologists, according to the local Emergencies Department's spokeswoman Ayagoz Fazylova.

Authorities were still investigating the cause of the deadly fire.

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