President George Weah visited the Koranic school on Wednesday where at least 26 children were said to have lost their lives and two teachers due to fire outbreak in Paynesville, near Monrovia.
Weah said “We are here to encourage parents of the victims to have strength, because it is painful to lose your kids in this manner,”
“We extend our sympathy to the bereaved families. We don’t know the cause of the fire yet, but we will encourage our investigators to find how it happened,” he added.
Rescuers in white masks and surgical gloves carried the children’s bodies in bags from the burnt-out building as crowds of people and relatives crushed together outside.
The sheet-metal roof of the building, which housed a school and boarding school, was destroyed.
“I was sleeping when I heard noise outside. My wife opened the back door and we saw smoke coming from the front. We came out and saw heavy fire at the back,” said local resident Zazay.
Another resident, Ballah, whose home is near the school, said they helped in the rescue efforts.
“We went for water, trying to put it out. We were putting water up to 2.30 am. When the fire fighters came, the fire was already going down.”
“We do not know the cause of the fire,” he said.
According to a report the fire incident happened while the children were asleep. Our prayers and condolences go the families that lost their wards and children in this tragic inferno.