Skooter reporting 05/29/12
Thirteen children were among 19 people killed in a blaze that broke out in one of the country’s plushiest shopping malls late Monday morning, Qatar's Interior Ministry said.
Rescuers tried to reach a child care center at the Villaggio mall in the capital Doha, nonetheless some of the victims died, according to Qatar's Minister of State for Interior Affairs, Sheik Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani.
Al Thani said they tried their best but when they got there, the children were trapped inside.
Four of the children killed were Spanish citizens, a 3-year-old French kid, two-year-old New Zealand triplets, identified as Lillie, Jackson and willsher Weekes, four teachers and two civil defense officials were among the dead, the Qatari ministry said on its official Twitter page.
About three of the nursery teachers were from the Philippines and died of smoke inhalation, Philippine Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez said in Manila.
Among the injured were 17 people, including four children, according to authorities. A brother of one of the Filipino teachers was also injured but had recovered.
The fire was put out hours later and the cause of the fire is under investigation, the Interior Ministry said.
In 2006, the Villaggio opened for business and is one of Qatar's most popular shopping and amusement destinations.