As many as 25 children killed in school fire in Niger

At least 25 children died on Saturday when a school teacher set fire to classrooms in a remote village in the southern Niger Republic, the director of the local hospital said. The teacher, who…

As many as 25 children killed in school fire in Niger

At least 25 children died on Saturday when a school teacher set fire to classrooms in a remote village in the southern Niger Republic, the director of the local hospital said.

The teacher, who was the head of the Houri School in Aniocha, a remote fishing village in the Kiongara province, set a classroom ablaze, Yves Sekibo, director of the local hospital, told Reuters.

“The teacher, who is a shepherd, told his students to close the windows and doors as he went to burn the books,” Sekibo said. “But the walls are made of clay and quickly filled with the smoke that was billowing out.”

Television pictures showed windows smashed and pieces of roof lying on the street outside.

Aniocha’s deputy governor, Abba Niger, said the government was taking responsibility for the children’s deaths. “The teacher should not have burnt them,” he said.

About two dozen children were in the classroom at the time of the fire, but others were sent home and more families picked up their children, Sekibo said.

More than 300 people are believed to have been injured as a result of the fire.

“It’s a tragedy,” Sekibo said. “But it’s something that I’m happy they’ve learned from.

We must learn a lesson from this, that we must all be safer.”

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