Girl, 6, dies at fire eating show while on holiday
at a Turkish hotel
Thursday, 3 August 2006
Eden Galvani-Skeete, thought to be from Ilford, east
London, was hurt watching the show at the Gemini Resort
The father of another child injured in the show said
fireballs flew into the audience when entertainers
created a "wall of flame" on the dance floor.
Eden was taken to hospital on Saturday but died later.
Six other Britons, including three children, were
Mark Hunter, from Carlisle, the father of 13-year-old
Sarah Hunter, who suffered burns during the display,
described what he saw.
He said: "There's a record at the minute called
'Hyper, Hyper' which is like the summer dance routine
which is going round in Turkey.
"It was at this point when the record came on
that a trail of, I would imagine, alcohol-based inflammable
liquid was laid across the front of the dance floor.
"This produced a wall of flame of about 18 inches
to two feet high which I would imagine extinguished
after about 10 to 15 seconds. At that point there
was no problem.
"It was then repeated and it was at this point
there was a massive explosion and the fireballs produced
into the audience, and it was this time that there
was total chaos and that people suffered their injuries."
Eden, who was the most seriously injured, was taken
to a local hospital, then transferred to a burns unit
From there she was taken to a teaching hospital in
Izmir where she died.
The injured were not in a serious condition, a hospital
official told the AP news agency late on Wednesday
Eden had been on holiday with her mother Helen Zachariou
in the resort since 25 July.
The Foreign Office confirmed the other injured Britons
were being treated at a hospital in Kusadasi.
A spokesman said: "A six-year-old girl died
in Izmir on 31 July after receiving burns during a
fire-based entertainment display at a hotel.
"Next of kin have been informed and consular
staff are providing assistance.
"We can confirm that six British nationals -
including three minors - also received burns during
"They are currently in hospital in Kusadasi
receiving treatment. Consular staff have visited the