Fire Rips Through a Guatemalan Children’s Shelter Killing 21 Girls

(SAN JOSE PINULA, Guatemala) — A fire swept through the female section of a crowded children’s shelter near Guatemala City early Wednesday and officials said at least 21 girls died and dozens more were injured.

Photos from inside the shelter showed blue sheets covering sneaker-clad bodies and bits of foam mattresses in what appeared to be a smoke-stained dormitory room.

Weeping, distraught relatives waited outside the walled facility for news of their children. Shelter personnel

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