Young triplets die in Doha fire

19 people, including 13 children, have been killed in a fire at a shopping mall in the Qatari capital Doha.

Mother grieves triplets who were 'her whole world'

The triplets' parents, Jane and Martin Weekes, had been in Qatar for the past five years. They returned to Wellington to give birth to the triplets after they were conceived using IVF.

According to TVNZ, Jane won a 'Best Mum in Doha' competition for her effort raising the triplets. She had commented: "A mother's love is not divided amongst her children, but multiplied by each child."

On her profile page on the parenting website BabyCenter.com, Jane said she was at her happiest when her children sat around "laughing like loons at each other".

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Children killed in Doha mall blaze were trapped in the nursery

Qatar's Interior Ministry has reported that the 13 children killed in a fire at a shopping mall in the capital city of Doha, were trapped inside of a nursery in the complex. In a press conference this evening the Ministry said:

At 11.34 am, the concerned agency in the Ministry received another call about trapping of about 20 children in a nursery inside the mall, where the fire was broken out and immediately the civil defense team started evacuation process, focusing on the rescue of the children as much as possible [...]

Due to the dense smoke and high temperature inside the mall, the firefighters faced difficulty in accessing to the nursery.

Fire fighters accessed the place of children through the ceiling of the mall and rescue personnel spent great and painstaking efforts in order to save the children and staffers trapped in the nursery, as a result, two men from the Civil Defense were martyred while they were carrying out their noble mission.

Qatar's Interior Ministry: 'Malfunctioning' sprinkler systems in Doha mall blaze

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The Minister said that the Rescue Police reached the spot within a minute of information and Civil Defence team reached after two minutes.

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But lack of floor plans, thick smoke and heat and malfunctioning sprinkler systems hindered rescue efforts at the Villaggio.

Reports: 19 foreign nationals killed in Doha fire

Reports that among the 13 children killed in a fire in Qatar's capital of Doha, four were of Spanish nationality, diplomatic sources in Madrid has said.

Qatar's Interior Ministry did not disclose the nationalities of the dead, but admitted that there were Europeans among them. A ministry official told journalists none of the dead were Qataris.

Many expatriates live in Qatar, a gas and oil-rich Gulf Arab state with one of the highest standards of living in the world.

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Qatar's Interior Ministry: Investigation underway into Doha mall fire

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H.E the Minister said that Public Prosecution has started investigation into the incident and it will reveal the actual causes of the fire.

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The Minister appreciate the great and brave efforts by firefighters and rescue team for their work in reducing casualities.

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4 teachers and 2 civil defence personnel also died. Children 13. 7girls and 6 boys. Total toll death 19.

Reuters: 19 people killed in Qatar mall fire

The Qatar-based satellite network Al Jazeera said 19 people were killed, including 13 children, have been killed today in a fire at an upscale mall in the Qatari capital.

The blaze broke out at the Villagio Mall in Doha's west end. Smoke was billowing from the mall, which was evacuated. Ambulances and police vehicles blocked entry to the complex.

The Gulf Arab state's ministry of interior was planning to hold a news conference about the fire this evening.

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