News Summary: Qatar probes mall fire

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Posted: May 29, 2012 1:47 PM
News Summary: Qatar probes mall fire

INVESTIGATION: Investigators in Qatar carried out their first extensive probes inside the country's biggest mall Tuesday after a blaze there killed 19 people, including 13 children.

CONTEXT: The fire and equipment failures that had hampered firefighting raised questions about safety measures in the large structures across the wealthy Gulf.

WHAT'S NEXT: Findings from a state-ordered inquest are expected within a week, the official Qatar News Agency said. The tragedy is likely to push authorities to further examine fire safety rules in the Gulf, where the drive to build has raised concerns about the level of emergency planning.