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China orphanage vows to stay open after fatal fire

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An unlicensed Chinese caretaker vowed on Sunday to continue sheltering orphans and other vulnerable children two days after a fire killed seven people staying with her, state media said. 

Rescuers and inspectors look over a burned area of a private orphanage where a fire swept through a home for orphans and abandoned children in Lankao, in central China's Henan province on January 4, 2013. An unlicensed Chinese caretaker vowed on Sunday to continue sheltering orphans and other vulnerable children two days after a fire killed seven people staying with her, state media said.

The tragedy in central Henan province has sparked debate about the role of private operators like Yuan Lihai -- who was looking after 18 people -- and the government's ability to regulate them or provide such services itself.

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