Two children die in fire in Roma settlement

Two children died on Monday in a fire that broke out in a home in the Mali Rit settlement near the town of Pančevo, northeast of Belgrade.

Source: B92

According to reports, the accident happened in a private home in this Roma settlement.

The children were alone in the house, the public broadcaster RTS said.

Firefighters, ambulances, and a prosecutor were all seen at the scene. The cause of the fire and other circumstances related to the deadly accident remain unknown at this time.

Last month three children died in a fire that broke out in a Roma settlement in Belgrade, when a shack built of cardboard and wood planks burned down.

NGOs who work to improve the position of the Roma population said at the time they thought it was high time for the issue of "unhygienic settlements" to be resolved.

Ombudsman Saša Janković said on that occasion that "the state and the local community bore a big part of the responsibility for the fire."


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