Children die hugging as house burns
- Published: 22/05/2013 at 11:26 AM
- Online news:
Dead bodies of a boy and his younger sister hugging each other were discovered after a fire at their home in Phitsanulok province on Tuesday night.
Officials said the fire was started by a candle they were using because the electricity bill had not been paid and the power was cut off.
Firefighters took about 30 minutes to control the blaze that destroyed the single-storey wooden house in Muang district.
Firemen then entered the charred house and found the bodies of Sanyapit Polnok, 13, and Natpapha Polnok, 9. They were holding each other.
Their mother, Chutikan Polnok, 39, was burned trying to rescue her children.
Mrs Chutikan told investigators power to the house was cut off because she had not paid her monthly electricity bill of 441 baht.
She said her children returned home from school and lit a candle to do their homework while she was working at a local restaurant. Her neighbour later called to tell her that her house was on fire.
The mother said she rushed back to the house to try to save her children, but it was too late.
Police said the fire was likely started by the candle after it was left unattended when the children fell asleep.
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