Caution urged as two children die in Kuwait tent blaze

March 1, 2013
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The site where the fire killed two children -Al Aan

Officials in Kuwait have called for the greatest caution in setting up tents in the desert following the tragic death of two children.

Three other people, the children’s parents and a 12-year-old girl, sustained burns in the blaze that hit their three tents and their car in Matlaa area, the firefighters unit in Jahra north of the Kuwaiti capital Kuwait City said on Tuesday. The three injured three have been taken to a hospital, local news site Al Aan reported.

The early morning fire broke out in one of the tents and spread to the other two and to the parked vehicle, fanned by the wind blowing in the area. “We urge all people planning to camp in the area to be extremely vigilant,” said Khalil Al Amir, head of the public relations and information at the firefighting unit. “They should make sure that all wire and electricity extensions are safe and that there is no overload. They should also be well equipped to deal with incidents and emergency situations,” he said.

Kuwaitis, like citizens in the other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, are often keen on camping out in winter when the weather is cooler. Weekends and school and office breaks are often used by families to spend days and nights in the desert. However, the camping season has become closely associated with traffic accidents and fire incidents.

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