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Some children from Mexico fire coming to California for treatment [Updated]

June 6, 2009 | 11:13 am


Some of the children injured in the day-care center fire in Sonora, Mexico, will be admitted for acute burn care at Shriners Hospital for Children in Sacramento, a spokeswoman said this morning.

"We are responding and accepting patients who were injured,” hospital spokeswoman Catherine Curran said. She could not say how many children would arrive or when.

[Updated at 1:43 p.m.: A 3-year-old girl with burns over 80% of her body was expected to arrive sometime today at the hospital, Curran said. She said one parent was traveling with the girl, but it was unclear whether it was her mother or father.]

Leading the triage will be Assistant Chief of Burns Dr. Tina Palmieri, Curran said. 

Meanwhile, investigators in Hermosillo today were trying to determine what sparked Friday’s blaze at the ABC day-care center that left at least 31 children dead. Mexican news reports said the center lacked emergency exits. Rescue workers had to smash through walls to get inside the building. According to one media account, a desperate parent crashed his car into the building to make a hole.

The fire moved swiftly through the center, which occupied a two-story, factory-type building. Accounts varied, but some reports said as many as 176 children were inside at the time of the blaze.  The victims were 6 months to 5 years old.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon has ordered the county’s attorney general, Eduardo Medina Mora, to launch an investigation.

-- Ruben Vives in Los Angeles and Ken Ellingwood in Mexico City

Photo: Rescue workers put an injured child into an ambulance in Hermosillo, Mexico. Credit: Associated Press / El Imparcial