11 newborns burnt alive while in a hospital due to a short circuit

Eleven innocent babies were killed while in an incubator as fire swallowed the neonatal department of a hospital in Senegal on Thursday (May 26). 

According to the country's President, Macky Sall, the fire broke out at the Mame Abdou Aziz Sy Dabakh Hospital in the western Senegalese city of Tivaouane.

Sall added that only three infants could be saved from the incident.

Mayor Demba Diop said the fire occurred due to an electrical short circuit. However, authorities are still doing their investigation to assess the condition and safety of the hospital's facilities.

Meanwhile, parents have nothing to do but mourn outside the hospital, still in shock at what happened to their child.

"I baptized my child on Wednesday and he was baptized here in the hospital. To my great shock, I got a call to tell me that the neonatal section had been destroyed by a fire," said Badara Faye, who lost his son.

President Sall called for three days of mourning where flags should be raised at half-mast.

Source: CBS News

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