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Prez. Weah mourns death of 25 students in Paynesville fire

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Security and rescue workers taking the diseased away in the back of a pick  - up (pic by Moses Kollie Garzeawu)
Security and rescue workers taking the diseased away in the back of a pick - up (pic by Moses Kollie Garzeawu)

PAYNESVILLE, LIBERIA - Over 25 children on early Wednesday morning died in a fire disaster at the Bob Taylor Community, in Paynesville City, Montserrado County.

The incident occurred at  dawn of Wednesday, on September 18, 2019, while the children were asleep along with their teachers in a dormitory of an Islamic Boarding school. 

According to our ELBC Reporter, there were only two known survivors identified so far and are reportedly undergoing treatment at the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Sinkor, Monrovia.

President George Weah has described the incident as disastrous for the families and all Liberians.
The incident immediately claimed the attention of President  Weah and he paid an early Wednesdaymorning visit at the Islamic school hostel, located in the Bassa Town Mosque area in the Red Light Commercial District of Paynesville.

The Liberian leader also sympathized with the bereaved families and assured them of government’s fullest support in ensuring the deceased are given a befitting burial.

Speaking to journalists at the site of the incident, President Weah promised to get to the bottom of the cause of the fire. Meanwhile, the Liberia National Police Forensic team is investigating the cause of the fire incident.

According to an eye witness identified as Akoi, most of the children during the fire outbreak were seen through the window crying for rescue during the outbreak, but could not be helped in time by community members.

 


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