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Attempted fuel theft causes explosion, at least 59 dead in Northern Haiti

CAP-HAITIEN – A loud bang woke up John Eugene from his sleep in Zone Labory, Cap-Haitien, an area in the mountain, around midnight on Tuesday. It was soon followed by another loud bang and his neighbors yelling “Anmwey, anmwey! (a cry of distress).”

When Eugene, 36, rushed outside his home, he saw a fire spreading in Rond-Point Samari. As Eugene recorded a video on his phone, he couldn’t help to think about all the people who were dying. Hours later, Eugene found out that a childhood friend alongside his mother, father and two siblings were among them.

“They burned inside their home,” Eugene said softly. “It hurts a lot. They were like family to me. Look at how the country is already struggling and at the end of the year so many people suffered this ugly death — a lot of them were innocent.”

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