A teen girl who had her phone confiscated set her school dormitory on fire 19 children died

A teenager is accused of starting a fire that killed 19 fellow students in Guyana, authorities said. She was angry that her phone was taken away as punishment for seeing an older man, police said. The doors were locked overnight to prevent the girls from escaping, according to the fire service. The dormitory fire that killed 19 children in Guyana was started by a teenage student who was upset that her cellphone had been taken from her, authorities say. A teen girl who set her school on fire 19 children died.

A teen girl who set her school on fire 19 children died

The fire broke out at the Mahdia High School in the South American country late on Sunday. A statement from the Guyana Fire and Rescue Service said the fire was “maliciously set”. National Security Adviser Gerald Gouveia told the Associated Press that the suspect in the incident, a student at the school, was charged with burning down the dormitory after being disciplined for having an affair with an older man.

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“A student is suspected of starting the devastating fire because the dormitory mother and a teacher took her cell phone,” said Mark Ramotar, Guyana police chief of communications, in a statement seen by local news outlet Stabroek News. . The AP reported that the bedroom had been locked to prevent the girls from escaping at night.


Gouveia told the AP that the housekeeper had been sleeping inside the building and panicked when she couldn’t find the keys to open the doors. She made it out, but she “lost her five-year-old son in the fire,” she said. When firefighters arrived, the wood and concrete building housing the 57 children was “engulfed in flames”, the fire service said. The building’s windows were heavily barred and five doors were locked, he added.

He said thirty-eight students managed to get out after firefighters punched holes in the wall and those who managed to get out, including six badly injured children who were airlifted to Georgetown, Guyana’s capital, were receiving medical treatment.Read More……

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