According to justice, the establishment no longer had the authorization to receive children since 2013.
Two children died in the orphanage, and thirteen others from suffocation at Fermathe hospital, said the magistrate, Raymonde Jean Antoine. The facility housed approximately 66 children in total.
According to her, the orphanage no longer had legal authorization to operate since 2013. An AFP journalist on site described the two-story building as unhealthy, with only one accessible exit, and bunk beds in a state sometimes deplorable crammed into small rooms.
The cause of the fire, which started around 9 p.m. Thursday, and the age of the victims are unknown at this time.