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Mums' horror as eleven newborn babies killed after blaze rips through maternity ward

MUMS have been left horrified after a blaze ripped through a maternity ward killing eleven newborn babies.

The tragic incident happened in the town of Tivaouane, Senegal last night.

The country's President Macky Sall who is on a state visit to Angola confirmed the tragedy and offered his condolences to the heartbroken parents.

He tweeted: "I have just learned with pain and consternation the death of 11 newborn babies in the fire that occurred in the neonatology department of the Mame Abdou Aziz Sy Dabakh hospital in Tivaouane.

"To their mothers and their families, I express my deepest sympathy."

According to the country's health minister Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr, investigators believe the fire was caused by a short circuit.


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Sarr who is currently in Geneva for the World Health Assembly said he would return to Senegal immediately.

"This situation is very unfortunate and extremely painful," he said on radio. An investigation is underway to see what happened."

The city's mayor Demba Diop said that three babies were saved from the flames, France24 reports.

He added that the fire spread very quickly and emergency services were still at the scene.

The Mame Abdou Aziz Sy Dabakh Hospital had recently been inaugurated, local media reported.

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Last year four newborn babies were killed in a similar incident when a fire broke out at another maternity ward in the town of Linguère.

The town's mayor claimed at the time the fire was triggered by an electrical malfunction in the air conditioning unit.

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