MADRID, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- Three students died in a fire that occurred in an apartment in the city of Huelva, southwestern Spain, in the early hours of Tuesday.
The government of the region of Andalusia has confirmed that the victims were two 21-year-old women and a man of the same age, who were students at the University of Huelva (UHU) and had apparently been celebrating the end of their quarterly exams in the city's Isla Chica neighborhood.
According to witnesses, the fire broke out shortly before 8 a.m. local time and quickly spread through the building. Seven others, who had been in the apartment, were able to escape, but the three victims remained trapped.
Firemen discovered the three unconscious victims, who later died in hospital.
Although the causes of the blaze are still being investigated, sources from the fire brigade told the Spanish press that the fire started in the living room and it could have been caused by a heater.
The Regional Government's President, Juan Manuel Moreno, and the Mayor of Huelva, Gabriel Cruz, expressed their condolences to the families of the victims, and the UHU announced three days of mourning.