More than a dozen people hunting rabbits that were being smoked out of a Honduran sugar cane field were engulfed by the fast-moving flames. Eleven children and four adults died, and an 18-year-old was being treated for burns.
Workers deliberately set the fire Monday night to clear the sugar cane fields of rabbits and debris before harvest.
Adults and children ranging in age from 5 to 17 were in a nearby field waiting to catch the rabbits when the blaze suddenly spread, a Security Ministry spokesman said. Employees of the sugar company were not aware the children and adults were nearby until they heard their screams.