Twenty-seven children were killed and more than 100 others were injured Friday when their daycare center caught fire in the northwestern state of Sonora, the local governor said, citing figures from the state attorney’s office.
The victims were from one to 5 years old, said Sonora Governo Eduardo Bours Castelo. The fire appeared to have started at 3 p.m. (2200 GMT) in a warehouse next door and spread to the state-run institution, news reports said. By then, many children had already been picked up by their parents from the one-story building, but others came after the blaze had been put out. As they came upon the scene, some screamed their children’s names and others fainted.