At least 38 dead in Madagascar house fire


A house fire in Madagascar has killed at least 38 people. The deceased includes 16 children, reports say.

The blaze ripped through the three-storey thatched home during a party, police said.

The incident occurred on Saturday in the south-central district of Ikalamavony, according to local media reports.

The reports said the blaze started in the outside dining area of the house, and a police spokesman said it was being treated as an accident.

"Of the 39 people in the house, 38 were killed, including 16 children," the spokesman, Herilalatiana Andrianarivosona.

The owner of the house and his 14-year-old son survived the fire, news website Midi Madagasikara reported.