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Fire in Qatar shopping mall kills 19

  • At least 19 people have died after a fire broke out at a shopping mall in the Qatari capital Doha.

    13 of the victims at the Villaggio center were children. Four of them were Spanish nationals and one child was French. Two firemen died trying to rescue the children.

    All the victims died of asphyxiation.

    The cause of the fire, believed to have started in the mall’s nursery, is still under investigatation. 

     Reports say the evacuation was chaotic and there has been some criticism of the way the incident was handled by the emergency services.