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36 Children Killed in Mexico Fire


Grieving Mexican parents have begun burying their children after a deadly fire in a government daycare center in the north of the country claimed at 38 young lives.

President Felipe Calderon has flown to Hermosillo to coordinate the government's response to the tragedy.

Officials say at least 23 people remain hospitalized following the fire Friday at the ABC day care center in Hermosillo. Some of the survivors were flown to medical facilities in the United States. Fifteen children are listed in critical condition.

Officials say many of the the victims who died from smoke inhalation were under the age of five.

Authorities said more than 140 children were inside the day care center when the fire started.

Witnesses said flames blocked the building's one exit, and that a parent used his pickup truck to knock a hole through the wall to rescue children.

It was not immediately clear what caused the fire. President Calderon has called on the attorney general to investigate the blaze.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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