Qatar: fatal fire in a mall

At least 19 people, including 13 children, were killed in a fire that broke out in one of the country’s fanciest shopping malls late Monday morning, raising questions about building safety in the booming Gulf state, reported Al Jazeera.

Four of the children killed were Spanish citizens living in the small Arab emirate, the Spanish Foreign Ministry said. It did not identify the children, citing Spanish privacy regulations.

Besides children, the fire killed four teachers and two firefighters. 20 people were injured in the incident.

Several Presidents expressed their condolences following the tragedy to the Emir of Qatar Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

Villaggio Mall, one of the largest malls in Doha, home to many shops and restaurants,and amusement park in Venice that offers cruises aboard genuine Venetian gondolas.

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