House fire kills four brothers in Kampen

19th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

Cause of fire that broke out Tuesday night in the north-central Dutch town still unknown.

The Hague - Four brothers, aged one to eight, died in a fire at the home of their 16-member family in the north-central Dutch town of Kampen overnight, the municipality said on Wednesday.

The fire, which broke out at around 2.30 am from causes yet unknown, killed the boys aged one, four, six and eight, spokesman Bertil van Kolthoorn said.

"The family comprised two parents and 14 children," he said. "One of the parents and a child were not at home when the fire broke out."

The father was working in Dusseldorf at the time of the incident, and one of the children no longer lived at home.

The fire likely originated in the stairway entrance to the attic, where the four boys were sleeping, according to de Telegraaf.

Kampen lies in the Dutch so-called "Bible Belt," where conservative Protestants traditionally have larger families.

AFP / Expatica

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