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Eight children among 13 Pakistanis killed in Jordan fire

The remains of the home razed in fire in the town of Shuna in Jordan. AFP

The remains of the home razed in fire in the town of Shuna in Jordan. AFP  

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‘Electric fault in their corrugated metal home likely cause’.

Thirteen Pakistanis, including eight children, died on early Monday when a blaze tore through their corrugated metal home in a rural area of western Jordan, authorities said.

Rescue services said “13 people died and three others were injured when fire broke out in a corrugated metal house” on a farm in South Shona, around 50 km west of Amman.

The makeshift building was home to two Pakistani families working as agricultural labourers, they said.

Fire service spokesman Iyad al-Omari told state television channel Al-Mamlaka that eight children, four women and a man had died in the blaze at around 2:00 a.m., which was likely caused by an electrical fault.

Jordan is home to thousands of Pakistanis, many of them agricultural labourers.

House fires in Jordan are often caused by the use of cheap but dangerous forms of heating while the occupants are asleep.

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