By Denna Bowman
At least 29 children have died and dozens more were injured after a fire which erupted at a car and tyres depot in Mexico spread to a nearby day-care centre.
Rescuers battled to pull the pre-school children from the blaze, which is believed to have started when a large number of stocked tyres caught fire on Friday.
The inferno spread from the warehouse to the ABC day-care centre in the northern Mexican city of Hermosillo and quickly overpowered the school staff.
Harrowing scenes showed parents, teachers and neighbours running through thick black smoke desperately trying to rescue over 100 pre-schoolers aged from 6 months to around five years.
And fire fighters dug holes into the building walls so they could pull the children from the inferno.
Most of the tragic young victims died of asphyxiation and a further 30 children were rushed to nearby hospitals suffering from burns.
A local official said: “We’re still investigating what caused the fire and where exactly it started.”
Mexican President Felipe Calderon has ordered an immediate inquiry into the incident. He has also tasked relevant authorities to facilitate the medical care for the victims.