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Deadly fire in Bosnia orphanage
Cribs in an orphanage destroyed by fire in Sarajevo
Three rooms in the orphanage were gutted during the blaze
Five babies were killed when a fire broke out in an orphanage in the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, police and hospital officials have said.

Three baby boys and two girls died from smoke inhalation when a blaze began in their bedroom, the fire brigade said.

At least 17 other babies were injured and a nurse who tried to save the children was treated for burns.

Firefighters said they managed to extinguish the blaze, which began in the early morning, in 10 minutes.

A hospital spokeswoman said that two of the 17 babies in hospital were in a critical condition while the others remained stable.

The fire began in a room on the third floor where the babies sleep.

Police said they had launched an investigation into the fire at the orphanage, home to 110 children.

Eyewitness speaks about the fire

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