Police spokesperson said about Twenty-six children and two teachers have died after a fire broke out in a boarding school in a suburb outside the Liberian capital Monrovia.
Presidential Press Secretary, Isaac Solo, said the children were asleep in a building attached to a mosque around 11 pm Liberia time, when the fire broke out.
The victims about ten years of age and above were not able to escape the building because there was no fire exit and there were security steel bars on the windows.
President George Weah visited the scene and expressed his condolences to the victims.
“My prayers go out to the families of the children that died last night in Paynesville City; as a result of a deadly fire that engulfed their school building. This is a tough time for the families of the victims and all of Liberia. Deepest condolences go out to the bereaved”
Eyewitness Pastor Emmanuel Herbert told the BBC that he woke up to sounds of the fire and raised the alarm.
“When I looked through the window, I saw the whole place blazing with fire,” he told the BBC.
But he said he could not get into the building because there was only one entrance, which was blocked.
The victims will be buried according to Islamic law.