May 29th, 2012
03:44 AM ET

Expatriates from South Africa, Spain, New Zealand among victims of Qatar mall fire

As Qatari officials continue their investigation into whether sprinklers and alarms were working during a fire at an upscale shopping mall in Doha, more information surfaced Tuesday about the nationalities of those who perished in the fire.

In all, the fire at the Villaggio shopping mall Monday killed 19 people, most of them at a child care center inside that rescuers had to break into from the rooftop.

The victims were seven girls, six boys, four teachers, and two would-be rescuers, Qatari officials said.

Most of the victims were expatriates: four Spanish nationals; a set of triplets from New Zealand; South African child and teacher; and a 3-year-old French child, according to the foreign ministries of the respective nations.

The nationalities of the remaining nine is still unknown.

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    What a horrible and tragic thing to happen. Children dying are always a tragedy.

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    Heartbreaking story. Every parents worst nightmare. God bless every single child and adult who perished.

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