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Seven Killed in Suspected Arson Fire at Church

March 12, 1992

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) _ Seven homeless people, including some children, died in a fire at a church before dawn Thursday, police said.

The victims were sleeping in the church when the fire broke out, police Capt. Marietjie Louw said.

Police were investigating the possibility of arson in the fire, which killed seven people ranging in age from 8 to 24, Louw said.

Another 12 people were hospitalized, police said.

Survivors said they jumped from windows to escape the blaze.