Honduras — Eleven children perished and five were injured in a sugar cane field fire late Monday in southern Honduras, authorities said.
“The children, from seven to 17 years of age, were hunting rabbits and other animals in a field, while a nearby field was set on fire because the cane harvest had begun last week,” said security ministry spokesman Leonel Sauceda.
“The fire spread and the children were trapped by the flames,” he added.
The charred remains of the seven children were recovered after the fire was brought under control.
The sugar cane plantation is owned by the Choluteca Sugar Company and is located in Santa Cruz de Marcovia, 130 kilometres south of the capital Tegucigalpa.