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Fire death girl's parents' grief
Eden's Galvani-Skeete
Eden's Galvani-Skeete died on Saturday
The parents of a British girl killed in a freak fire accident on holiday in Turkey have spoken of their grief at losing the "light of our world".

Eden Galvani-Skeete, aged six, from Ilford, east London, was hurt watching a wall of flame show.

A fireball shot into the crowd and injured seven Britons, including Eden and three other children, at the Gemini Resort in Didim on Saturday.

She was taken to hospital on Saturday but died later.

In a statement, her parents said: "Eden was the light of our world.

"She radiated joy and happiness with her big smile and infectious personality.

Anyone that came into contact with her would never forget her
Parents' statement

"Anyone that came into contact with her would never forget her. Eden's precious life was cut short by this untimely tragedy."

Michael Foundly, managing director of Bristol-based Seasons Holidays, who had guests at the hotel, said his firm had requested the "fire dances" be stopped.

He added: "It was a fire display of a sort which is fairly commonly seen in Turkey.

"You pour some meths on the ground and set fire to it, producing a very wispy 6in flame that dies out very quickly.

"They did it once, then they poured the bottle on top to do the thing again. Unfortunately there was a small spark that hadn't died out from the first display.

Sarah Hunter in hospital
Sarah Hunter was among those injured

"Needless to say we have stopped repeats of any such shows, but these kinds of displays go on throughout Turkey all the time."

Mark Hunter, from Carlisle, the father of 13-year-old Sarah Hunter who suffered burns during the display, said the problems started after the entertainers tried to repeat the dance.

"It was at this point there was a massive explosion and the fireballs produced went into the audience, and it was this time that there was total chaos and that people suffered their injuries," he said.

The injured people were not in a serious condition, a hospital official told the AP news agency late on Wednesday.

Eden had been on holiday with her mother Helen Zachariou in the resort since 25 July.

The head of the resort, Kamil Koyun, was arrested as police began investigating the incident, according to the Hurriyet daily newspaper.

It said hotel entertainer Tahir Akalin would also be arrested following treatment in hospital.


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