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School Fire in India Kills 84 Children - 2004-07-16


Indian officials say at least 84 children were killed when a fire engulfed a thatched-roof school in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

At least 30 other children were severely burned in the blaze.

Officials believe the fire started in the school's kitchen and quickly spread across the roof. They say the students had only one exit and little chance of escape after the burning roof collapsed on them.

Reports from the area say teachers fled the building before ensuring all the school's 900 children were out. Authorities suspended at least one school official over the disaster.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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