A fire ravages Guyana: Tragic incident in Guyana, massive fire in a school foyer, 19 children burned alive
Georgetown: At least 19 students died and several others were injured in a fire that broke out in a dormitory of a boarding school in Guyana. Most of the dead are girls. The authorities gave this information on Monday. President Irfan Ali said: “It’s a terrible incident, it’s sad, it’s painful. He said the government was taking all possible measures for the treatment of the injured.
The fire broke out at around 10:50 p.m. Sunday evening in a secondary school dormitory in the southwestern border town of Mahdia, some 320 km from the capital Georgetown, the government said in a statement. The reason for the fire is not yet known.
Dr. Vikita Nandan of Georgetown Hospital said almost all of the victims are girls. A five-year-old boy is also being treated. Officials initially said 20 students died, but later reported 19 dead and many others injured.
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Guyana firefighters said in a statement: “When firefighters arrived on the scene, the building was entirely engulfed in flames.” The department said 14 students died at the scene and five others died at a local hospital.
Officials said two children are in critical condition and four suffered serious burns. Six students were flown to Georgetown for treatment while five others are being treated at a hospital in Mahdia while 10 others are under observation by doctors. National Security Advisor Gerald Govia said the school is mainly attended by children of Aboriginal descent between the ages of 12 and 18.
Tags: Child death, fire
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