AMMAN — Authorities are investigating a fire that left a four-year-old child dead in the Amman suburb of Jabal Al Jofeh on Thursday, official sources said.
The child, who was not identified by officials, was found after Civil Defence Department (CDD) rescue teams were called in to extinguish a fire in a house on Thursday morning, a CDD official said.
“When firefighters extinguished the fire, they found the charred body of the child,” the official told The Jordan Times.
Initial investigations indicated that the fire was the result of a short circuit, “but we are investigating the scene and questioning the child’s parents to draw a final conclusion”, the source added.
The victim’s body was taken to the National Centre for Forensic Medicine at Al Bashir Hospital for an autopsy.
Also Thursday, two people were killed and four others were injured in a road collision involving five vehicles near a bridge in Zarqa, according to officials.
The accident involved a water tanker, three pickup trucks and a car, a CDD official said, without elaborating on the cause of collision.
“The strong impact killed two people, while four others were listed in critical condition and the remaining two are in stable condition,” the official added.
He told The Jordan Times that the injured and the dead were all taken to Prince Faisal Hospital.
Public Security Department Spokesperson Lt. Col. Mohammad Khatib said traffic officials are examining the scene of the accident to determine what caused the collision.