4 killed in Sao Paulo fire

4 killed in Sao Paulo fire
# 14 July 2012 01:23 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. Three children and one teenager were killed Friday in a fire which ravaged several makeshift homes in a poor favela in southern Sao Paulo, official sources said, APA reports.

The fire raged through five shacks along Yervant Kissajikian Avenue in the shantytown of Cidade Ademar, the authorities said. It was not known what triggered the fire.

Ten firefighting units and several military police patrols rushed to the scene and they managed to contain the fire by early Friday afternoon.

City Civil Defense coordinator Jair Paca de Lima said the authorities would investigate whether the minors were alone or locked in at the time when the fire broke out.

Neighbors reportedly tried to rescue the victims before the firefighters arrived but failed.

They also complained that too much time lapsed before the rescuers arrived.
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