Arson blamed for fire in Guatemala shelter that killed 22 girls

Relatives cry outside the children's shelter Virgen de la Asuncion (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Three days of mourning have begun in Guatemala after a fire ripped through a home for abused teenagers on Wednesday, killing at least 22 girls. According to police, the fire was started when a group of young residents set fire to their mattresses after being isolated by authorities for a riot and attempted to escape on Tuesday night. Authorities were trying to ascertain whether the people who started the blaze were the same residents as those who had tried to break out from the facility. In pictures posted on Twitter by firefighters, burnt bodies, half covered in blankets, were shown scattered across the floor of one of the home’s rooms. A full investigation will be launched into the cause of the blaze, said Mayra Veliz, secretary general of the attorney general’s office.

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