Dozens of children were killed after a fire erupted at their religious school in Paynesville, on the outskirts of the Liberian capital, Monrovia.
“The kids were learning the Quran when the fire broke out,” police spokesman Moses Carter was quoted by news agencies. Carter had originally said 30 children were killed before revising the death toll down to 27. Two survivors were taken to the hospital.
Preliminary investigation suggest that the fire started due to electrical wiring issues.
Meanwhile, the President’s office has said that the fire killed at least 26 children and two teachers.
“My prayers go out to the families of the children that died last night in Paynesville City; as a result of a deadly fire that engulfed their school building. This is a tough time for the families of the victims and all of Liberia. Deepest condolences go out to the bereaved,” President George Weah wrote on twitter.
Families and the entire Islamic Community. May God strengthen them and give them the courage to persevere. Let’s continue to keep the families in our prayers.
— George Weah (@GeorgeWeahOff) September 18, 2019
Relatives gathered outside the yellow and green entrance to the building, whose sheet metal roof was burned.
Red Cross teams have reached the scene to help with medical aid.