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House fire kills sister and brother likely locked up when mom worked

Two children left home alone were killed in a house blaze in Qingpu District yesterday afternoon.

The victims were identified as a girl, 7, and her 4-year-old younger brother.

The fire broke out about 1:30pm yesterday inside a village house on the Baihe Town.

The two-floor house was burnt down.

Neighbors reportedly said the victims lived on the first floor of the building with their mother while the father was currently working in Zhejiang Province.

The neighbors suspected the woman had locked up the house to keep her children inside while she was out working before the fire broke out.

The building was already engulfed in flames when people discovered the emergency and alarmed fire authority, it's reported.

The cause of the fire is still under probe while police have not revealed yet whether the mother had been found or not.


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