Girl, 8, dies after strong wind lifts up bouncy castle at Spanish fairground

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An eight-year-old girl has died after strong winds lifted up a bouncy castle she was playing on at a fairground in Spain.

The child was rushed to La Fe Hospital in Valencia after the inflatable was thrown several feet into the air and she landed on her head on hard ground.

Eight other children were injured in the tragedy at 8.15pm on Tuesday evening in the city of Mislata.

Another girl aged four was seriously injured and remains in hospital while seven other youngsters were treated for non-serious injuries.

Police have since launched an investigation into the incident.

Mislata’s mayor Carlos Fernandez Bielsa said: “It will be up to the police to determine what has happened.”

A spokesman for the city’s firefighters said they had checked the structure of the inflatable to rule out anyone being trapped.

Mislata Town Hall said in a statement: “Following the tragic incident on Tuesday night, we have declared a period of official mourning until January 7 because of the death of one of the girls involved.

“We would like to transmit our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the youngster who lost her life. She was only eight years old.”

Authorities also announced that a parade this Thursday to celebrate the national Three Kings Day festival would not go ahead.

The tragedy comes just weeks after five children were killed in a freak bouncy castle accident in Australia.

Two boys and two girls died when they fell from a height of about 10 metres after a bouncy castle was thrown into the air by the wind, police said.

The incident occurred at Hillcrest Primary School as the children were celebrating the last day of the school year in Devonport, Tasmania.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the children’s deaths were “unthinkably heartbreaking”.

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