South Africans killed in Doha blaze - reports

2012-05-28 20:04

Cape Town - South Africans are among the 19 people killed in a fire at an upscale Qatar mall, reports said on Monday.

Al Jazeera reported that 13 children were killed at the Vilaggio Mall in Doha, and was told  "the nationalities of the children included South African, Japanese, Spanish, Filipino, and also European and Arab, but no Qatari".

According to an unconfirmed tweet, one of the South African victims is an 18-month-old boy.

AFP reported that the victims were "seven girls and six boys, in addition to four female teachers," the Qatari interior ministry said on its Twitter page, citing the country's health minister.

Two members of the civil defence also died in the fire at the capital's main Villagio mall, it said.

The fire started at a nursery, state minister for the interior Abdullah bin Nasser al-Thani told reporters.

Firefighters had to break through the roof to get to trapped children after a staircase to the first-floor nursery collapsed, he added.

Dense smoke inside the mall combined with the fierce temperature from the flames made reaching the trapped children very difficult, a representative of the civil defence told a news conference.

Health Minister Khaled al-Qahtani said 17 people were injured in the blaze, mostly firefighters.

Footage posted earlier online showed black smoke billowing from the shopping centre as emergency vehicles rushed to the scene.

  • Sechaba30 - 2012-05-28 20:34

    Thats why I would rather be dead in this country than to die in the hands of dangerous people outside SA.

      Sarel - 2012-05-28 20:41

      What in the world are you talking about?.? Who says anything about dangerous people?.? This place is 1000 times safer than SA

      joe.peters.56 - 2012-05-28 20:49

      Typical simian response

      Gayatoenesa - 2012-05-29 10:38

      Sechaba30, I had just read that there had been a fire in a mall in Roodepoort,South Africa, destroying more than 30 million Rand of stock of Dischem Pharmacy!!!! I know the issue is the lives that were claimed in Qatar mall; but we should not easily criticize because DANGER can lurk anywhere!

  • Angela - 2012-05-28 20:41

    It was a fire Sechaba30 in a shopping mall, so get your facts correct before you say something stupid. As far as sky news is concerned it was a SA carer that passed away not a baby. May they all Rest In Peace

      shawnqatar - 2012-05-28 22:00

      it was a SA teacher and a boy 18 months old we live here and we know then

      shawnqatar - 2012-05-28 22:02

      oh and the baby was south african as well

  • Marysia - 2012-05-28 20:55

    Qatar is one of the safest countries in the world. No sensless killing as we see in our beloved country. There was a fire that destroyed the Princess Crossing Shopping centre in Roodepoort, Guateng this morning. My heart and prayers go out to all the families affected by both fires.

  • julie.khan3 - 2012-05-28 21:00

    It was fire..not a bomb blast!!!Utter respect is shown to women in Muslim countries.I have been to several.The queue was almost a 1/4 km long.I as a woman coming in last,had to go to the front of the queue.If u r mugged, (Very seldom)u r not injured at all.

  • Nurah - 2012-05-28 21:05

    Condolences to the families. To Angela, I can confirm that a South African child was definitely among the deceased, as I know the family concerned.

  • yummyhamster - 2012-05-28 21:07

    OMG .. are we missing any politicians ?

  • george.pito - 2012-05-28 21:26

    Dont know Qatar All I know is Dubai etc. What I know is a lot of corrupt arms dealers in SA are not welcome there. Then a very safe country compared to the one we call the rainbow country. Dead in this country is always on youre mind every night. Then an odd fire killing 19 people is probably less than an average day in SA by brutal murder.

  • Ntswaki Bodibe - 2012-05-28 21:56

    Yhoo my brother just moved there two months ago. Condolenses to the families affected. I cannot begin to imagine the loss of a child. May the good Lord be with them.

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-05-28 22:20

    We pray for all that are involved. May the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

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