Pupils Killed In Liberia School Fire Of Guinean Origin: Ambassador
Muhammad Irfan 29 days ago Thu 19th September 2019 | 09:29 PM
At least 26 pupils killed in a huge fire at a Liberian Koranic school when flames engulfed their dormitory were of Guinean origin, Guinea's ambassador to Monrovia said on Thursday
Police spokesman Moses Carter said the blaze may have been caused by an electrical fault but refused to rule out the possibility of arson.
The death toll has varied between 26 and 28 dead, according to different official sources.
Dore described the victims as part of an "important community" of people of Guinean origin living in Liberia.
"We extend our sympathy to the bereaved families. We don't know the cause of the fire yet, but we will encourage our investigators to find how it happened," he added.
On Wednesday, rescuers in white masks and surgical gloves carried the children's bodies in bags from the burnt-out building as crowds of people and relatives pressed together outside.
"We are here to encourage parents of the victims to have strength, because it is painful to lose your kids in this manner," Weah told reporters at the scene.
The victims were buried swiftly in a collective ceremony, in the Muslim tradition.
The Liberian authorities are all too familiar with deadly fires, often caused by malfunctioning generators, though "not on this scale," the presidential spokesman said.