LIBERIA: FIRE AT SCHOOL BUILDING, 27 DEAD PUPILS AND THEIR TEACHERS LAID TO REST

The Funeral and Burial of at least 27 school children and their two teachers killed in a blazing fire at a boarding school in Bassa Town in the commercial District of Red Light has taken place in Monrovia.

The fire is believed to have broken out in the early hours of the morning, when students from a Qur’anic school were sleeping in a building near the mosque.

The victims, all male, were from age and above.

The death of the children has sent shock across the country with many Liberians taking on to social media to express their condolences.

Hundreds of people watched on sadly as Red Cross ambulances evacuated the mortal remains of the children from the building.

Speaking on the incidence when he visited the scene on Wednesday, President Weah described the incident as painful and promised to rebuild the school and the mosque.

Also on the part of the grand mufti of Liberia, Sheik Abubakar Sumaworo, he termed the death of the children and their teachers as a tragedy.

Sheik Sumaworo said the children were gearing up to impact the Muslim Community with the knowledge they had acquired as many of them were completing memorization of the Qur’an.

Police reports indicate that the fire was caused by an electrical problem, but investigations are still ongoing.

Meanwhile, First Lady Clar Weah has expressed regrets over the death of nearly thirty children as a result of a fire disaster at the Islamic Mission School in Red-light Paynesville.

The Liberian First Lady extended her sympathy to the families of the victims and wished the many that got injured a swift recovery.

The First Lady in a press release said she was saddened by the situation and described the demise of the children as a national tragedy and an irreparable loss to the country.

Madam Weah further conveyed her condolences to the bereaved families and urged the nation to continue to pray for the peaceful repose of the souls of the victims.

At least four of the children survived the incident and are being treated at the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia.

Credit: Reuters

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