At least 38 people have been killed, including 16 children, following a house fire, during a party, in Madagascar.
A house fire in Madagascar has killed 38 people, including 16 children. The blaze ripped through the three-storey thatched home during a party, police said.
The incident occurred on Saturday in the south-central district of Ikalamavony, according to local media reports.
The reports said the blaze started in the outside dining area of the house, and a police spokesman said it was being treated as an accident.
“Of the 39 people in the house, 38 were killed, including 16 children,” the spokesman, Herilalatiana Andrianarivosona, told AFP.
Panic-stricken guests were reportedly unable to escape the burning building after struggling to open the only exit door.