Last updated: 01:13 PM ET, Thu January 14 2016

Fire Kills 7 People at Tourism Complex in Algeria

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | January 14, 2016

Fire Kills 7 People at Tourism Complex in Algeria

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Seven people were killed Wednesday in a fire that was reportedly set on purpose at a beach resort tourism complex near Zeralda, Algeria.

According to the Agence France-Presse, the Algerian civil defense service reported that the fire began at around 2:30 a.m. local time in a bungalow. The structure was part of the Azur tourism complex in Zeralda, located about 12 miles west of Algiers.

The AFP is reporting that local authorities believe the fire was started intentionally, and that investigators already have three potential suspects who were identified and being sought by officers.

Of the seven victims who lost their lives Wednesday, all were Algerian citizens between 25 and 35 years old and two were women. The cause of death for all seven victims has been ruled asphyxiation.

One other person was hurt in the fire, but the injuries were reportedly not life threatening.


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