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Firefighters inspect the scene where a fire broke out at a Roma camp in Rome in which four children died (AP)

Firefighters inspect the scene where a fire broke out at a Roma camp in Rome in which four children died (AP)

Firefighters inspect the scene where a fire broke out at a Roma camp in Rome in which four children died (AP)

Four children have died in a fire at a Roma camp in the Italian capital, rekindling a debate over their housing conditions.

The three boys and a girl, aged between three and 11, were siblings of Romanian nationality, police in Rome said.

They died in their sleep, officers added.

It is thought the blaze might have been sparked by a fire which had been started to warm up the building.

Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno called the deaths a "terrible tragedy".

The family lived in a shack in an illegal camp on the outskirts of Rome.

Mr Alemanno said the illegal camps must be shut down, and vowed to build safe, legal ones.

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There are about 7,000 Roma in the Italian capital, according to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, almost half of them minors.


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