29 killed in Liberian school fire

29 killed in Liberian school fire

Agency News

Monrovia, Sep 18 :  A spokesperson for Liberian government on Wednesday confirmed 29 people were killed when a fire broke out at a religious school near the capital Monrovia.

Most of the victims were students of an Islamic school in Paynesville, a city near Monrovia, said Samuel Worzie, an assistant minister for information services and a government spokesperson.

Worzie told Xinhua that one of the instructors at the school was also found dead following the incident on Tuesday night.

"It is unfortunate. The fire wreaked havoc, killing up to 29 people," said Worzie.

Dozens of students were at the school at the time of the incident, and they were all asleep when the fire broke out at the building which served as a hostel and attached to a local mosque, he said.

Police spokesman Moses Carter told the media that the fire was caused by an electrical issue. Further investigations were underway, he said.(UNI)