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Canada endeavors to take in the family of Syrian refugees after children have died in the fire



  Seven members of the Barho family

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Seven members of the Barho family who arrived in Canada as Syrian refugees in 201
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada is looking for ways to bring relatives of a Syrian refugee who has lost his children to a domestic fire.

Kawthar Barho's seven children died Tuesday in an early morning in the Canadian city of Halifax.

Her husband suffered life-threatening injuries in the fire.

The family came to Canada following their escape from Raqqa, which was taken over by the group known as the Islamic State.

Ms. Barho, 30, has no other family in the country.

Mr. Trudeau told reporters on Thursday in Halifax that the Federal Minister for Immigration is paying personal attention to the case and seeing what can be done within the system to make some of their family members "bring some comfort in this tragedy" ,

"In heartbreaking cases like this, we certainly seek what we can to bring together this family that has suffered such a devastating loss," he said.

After the tragedy, there was support for the parents, including a vigil on Wednesday night, attended by the prime minister.

An online fundraiser for the Syrian couple has raised over $ 440,000 ($ 330,000, £ 255,000) in two days.

The youngest Barho kid was just four months old and the oldest was 15 years old.

The funeral of the children takes place in a local mosque where the family took part.

The family had been privately sponsored to come to Canada from a local refugee settlement group.

"For the past year and a half, children have enjoyed life as children should be able to: go to school, ride a bicycle, swim, have friends, run in the yard, birthday parties to celebrate and hang out with the neighbors on the porch swing, "the organization wrote in a Facebook post.

"They have loved every minute, and it seems impossible that we will not hear their laughter and feel their hugs again."

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Seven children were killed in the fire

Authorities say it took about an hour to bring the flames under control when fire and rescue services arrived in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Firefighters said the fire quickly devoured the first and second floors of the building.

The two-storey house was completely gutted from the fire.

An investigation of the cause of the fire is in progress.


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