Mexico marks 10th anniversary of fire that killed 49 kids
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico flew flags at half-staff Wednesday to mark the 10th anniversary of a fire at a day care center in which 49 children died.
The federal government announced emergency drills were carried out at 1,416 government day care centers at 10:00 a.m., more or less the time the fire broke out in the northern city of Hermosillo on June 5, 2009.
Investigators determined that an overheated cooling unit started a fire at a state government warehouse and it spread to the roof of the neighboring school.
Numerous safety violations were documented at the center. Witnesses testified that flaming pieces of tarp rained down on the children as people fled through the smoke to the one functioning exit.