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Children perish in apartment fire

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At least seven people including six children have been killed in a fire in south western Germany.

The blaze swept through an apartment near the city of Stuttgart.

Hundreds of firefighters fought the flames which took hold early on Sunday morning in the building, which is part of a former leather factory converted into a row of three-story apartment blocks.

An additional three children were able to save themselves from the flames, according to the German news agency, Telenewsnetwork.

Several people were still thought to be missing. It is understood the dead are all members of a family of Turkish descent.

The cause of the fire remains unknown. Police said a German-Turkish cultural association has an office on the building’s ground floor, but said there was no indication that the fire might have been set deliberately.