Burma police: 14 orphans die in mosque fire

Fire fighters walk outside of a mosque that a fire killed 13-children in Yangon, Myanmar, Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Police in Myanmar said 13 children died when an electrical fire broke out at the mosque in the country's largest city. AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe

YANGON, Burma A fire engulfed a mosque housing orphans in Burma's largest city Tuesday morning, killing at least 13 children in the blaze that police blamed on an electrical short.

Riot police were deployed nearby as some Muslims gathering outside the charred building feared the fire was linked to sectarian violence that has shaken the nation.

Police officer Thet Lwin said the fire was triggered by an overheated inverter "and not due to any criminal activity."

Burma, also known as Myanmar, has been on edge after sectarian violence between Buddhists and Muslims erupted in the central city of Meikhtila in March, killing dozens of people and displacing more than 10,000. The violence that has largely targeted Muslims has since spread to several other towns where extremist Buddhist mobs have torched or ransacked mosques and Muslim-owned property.

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