At least 13 children killed in Burma orphanage blaze

At least 13 children have been killed in a blaze at a mosque housing orphans in Burma.

Initially the fire in eastern Yangon was thought to have been linked to sectarian violence that has shaken the nation, but it was later blamed on an electrical fault.

The scene of the fatal fire in Burma. Credit: REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Police officer Thet Lwin said the fire was triggered by an overheated inverter "and not due to any criminal activity".

Sectarian violence between Buddhists and Muslims erupted in the central city of Meikhtila last month, killing dozens of people and displacing more than 10,000.