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Two children die, toddler seriously injured in house fire in Kamatero, NW Athens

Τwo children died and a toddler was seriously injured in a house fire in Kamatero suburb of North-West Athens on Tuesday morning. The bodies of two boys aged 12 and 13 were found in the bedroom by fire fighters called to the scene by neighbors.

The 2-year-old child was carried out of the burning apartment by an older sibling.

The toddler has suffered was serious burning injuries and was transferred to a children’s Hospital in Athens where is being treated in the Intensive Care Unit.

The fire broke out at 9:15 in the 50-square-meter rooftop apartment where a Roma family was living with their twelve children, media reported.

While the cause of the blaze is being investigated, it is considered as highly possible that it started from a stove working with wood.
The surviving older child reportedly said that flames had come out of the stove.
According to media, at the time of the fire, the father was at work and the mother had brought some of the children to school. Inside the apartment were the toddler and 3 children that did not go to school because they were feeling sick.
While the cause of the blaze is being investigated, it is considered as highly possible that it started from a stove working with wood.

The Fire Brigades operated with four trucks and 15 firefighters.

Kamatero is an impoverished suburb in North-West Athens, where yhe majority of residents are day workers.

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