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Henan children's shelter before and after the fire

A policeman investigating the aftermath of the fire in the private shelter for orphans and abandoned children in Lankao, central China's Henan province on Friday, January 4, 2013. Four children died in the fire, three more died on the way to the hospital. Photo: news.163.com

The charred room after the fire, where the children's beddings and clothes are still scattered on the double-decker bed. One orphan, rescued from the fire, is still being treated in the hospital. Photo: news.163.com

The outside of Yuan Lihai's residence where the seven children lost their lives in the fire. Yuan, a local street vendor at Lankao, has taken in over 100 abandoned children in her private shelter over the years, which made her a local "celebrity". Photo: weibo.com

Yuan Lihai, center, speaks to investigators at the burnt remains of her private shelter for orphans and abandoned children in Lankao in central China's Henan province on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. She is now being detained and questioned by the police, according to the local police station. Photo: AP


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