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A dozen dead in a fire in a cane in Cagua, in northern Venezuela

MADRID, Jan. 24 (EUROPE PRESS) –

At least eleven people have died this Friday because of a fire registered in a cane field in the Bolívar neighborhood of Cagua, in the state of Aragua, in northern Venezuela, as confirmed by local authorities.

The incident has taken place when a burning was carried out in a cane field. A group of children and adolescents approached the area chasing rabbits and were caught in the fire. As the local newspaper 'El Universal' points out, the victims are between the ages of 10 and 18.

A dozen dead in a fire in a cane in Cagua, in northern Venezuela
A dozen dead in a fire in a cane in Cagua, in northern Venezuela

According to the police, which indicates that two of the dead have not been identified at the moment, two others are under medical observation after suffering burns.

The opposition deputy Karin Salanova has attributed what happened to food shortages in Venezuela and blamed the government of the president, Nicolás Maduro, for the strong economic crisis that is going through the country.

“What were they doing there? They were looking for food, they were chasing rabbits,” Salanova said.

The country's attorney general, Tarek William Saab, has lamented what happened in a message posted on his Twitter account. “I want to report on the fire in Cagua, I want to give my heartfelt sympathy to the families victims of this unfortunate events, where 9 teenagers and 2 young people died,” he said.

On the tragedy, the prosecutor has clarified that “according to the first investigations, it is tradition to make a burn before starting the harvest so that weeds come out and start hunting” and has affirmed that “in this situation the direction of the fire and caught these people. ”

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