An overnight house fire in
Turkiye’s northwestern city of Bursa left at least nine people dead,
including eight children, the city governorate announced on Wednesday.
Responding to an emergency call made at midnight, firefighters quickly
extinguished the fire, only to find the dead bodies of a family caught by the
blaze in their sleep.
According to the governorate, the deceased belonged to the same Syrian
family of six siblings, their mother and two cousins. The children were no
more than 11 years old.
Initial reports indicated that the cause was a stove heater left on while
the family was sleeping, with a more detailed inspection pending, the
governor’s office stated.
Turkey is home to about 4 million Syrian refugees who have fled the
prolonged civil war in Syria.