Four children die in Rome nomad camp fire

Four Romanian children, all siblings aged between four and 11, died in a fire at an illegal nomad Roma camp in the Italian capital on Sunday evening, Corriere della Sera online reported, quoted by Mediafax. The fire broke out in one of the barracks, where the four children were sleeping unsupervised, since their parents had gone shopping, the newspaper said. The four were three boys and a girl, according to police sources. Firefighters believe the fire started from a lit piece of wood that fell from the improvised stove set up in the barrack. The family also asked for assistance from Rome authorities to transfer their children’s bodies back to Romania in order to bury them here, according to Antena 3.

Rome mayor Gianni Alemanno went to the site and announced that the nomad camp, consisting of five barracks sheltering about 20 Roma, was to be demolished later yesterday. The nomads living there were to be transferred to an authorised camp in Rome.

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