A fire outbreak at a boarding school in a suburb of Monrovia the capital of Liberia has claimed the lives of at least 27 people, many of them children.
The tragedy took place in an Islamic school in the early hours of the morning when many students were sleeping. The affected building is near the mosque of the students.
Although at least 27 bodies have been recovered so far, the Police are still searching for more bodies. According to the reports, most of the victims are around 10 years old.
It has been a day of sorrow and weeping, as many people gathered at the scene, crying. The Red Cross ambulances have already taken bodies to a mortuary.
As of the time of going to the press, the cause of the fire outbreak is still not very clear, however, the authorities believe it may have been caused by electrical problems. Further investigations to ascertain the cause of the tragedy are still going on, according to the police.
Some eyewitnesses narrated how they heard the sound of fire and rushed to the scene to help. Unfortunately, some of them claimed they could, however, not help much because the building had only one entrance, which they alleged was blocked.
President George Weah has sent his condolences to the families of the deceased and promised to attend the funerals, scheduled on Wednesday, according to the President’s spokesman.