A fast-moving fire killed 29 children in a day care center in northern Mexico yesterday despite the desperate attempts of firefighters who punched through walls to rescue babies, toddlers and others trapped inside. At least 25 children and five employees were hospitalized after the fire at ABC day care in Hermosillo, the cause of which is still unknown.
There were about 100 children in the day care at the time of the fire, with ages ranging from six months to 5 years, said a Red Cross rescue worker. The fire may have started at a tire and car warehouse yesterday afternoon and spread to the neighboring day care center, state officials said. Firefighters took two hours to control the blaze.