Jun 8, 2009

This is the word-for-word text of an obituary appearing in the Hooterville Daily Dish. It is a reprint of the news reports of the fire.
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Arizona Daily Star Monday, June 8, 2009 Edition: FINAL, Section: NEWS, Page A1 A day-care center fire Friday killed 42 babies, toddlers and other young children in the Sonoran capital of Hermosillo. The fire started at an adjoining tire and vehicle warehouse leased by the state government. It spread to the roof of the ABC Day Care, sending flames raining down on the children, an Hermosillo fire official said. When the fire broke out, an estimated 142 children, ranging in age from 6 months to 5 years, were in the day-care center along with six staffers. Authorities have said most victims died from smoke inhalation. Dozens of children remain hospitalized in Mexico and the United States, some in critical condition.
We have been following this story closely. Hermosillo is a couple of hundred miles due south of Hooterville. Could anything be more heartbreaking? Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong, sometimes just full of it, but always judgmental and cranky

8 comments:

mum said...

a moment of silence is the best I can manage.

with best wishes for your health and that of your loved ones.

Barbara said...

What disturbed me most was the factual account with no emotion whatsoever. There were probably families who lost all their children to this fire. There are probably children who survived but will be permanently damaged from this fire. I'm guessing the facility was probably not built to the specs we would require of such a facility in the US. But regardless of that, the resulting loss is horrific.

Steve said...

Wow, that's horrific. People in the U.S. can rail against government regulations all they want, but it's a good thing we have them -- I doubt this incident could have happened here.

Megan said...

:(

Reya Mellicker said...

Thanks for saying it, Steve.

I can't think of anything to say. How truly awful!

Bella Rum said...

Horrible!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

I can't even go there in my head.... horrible, horrible

Julia said...

I saw it in the news and I couldn't stop crying.