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Investigators Compassionately and government employees inspect the school dormitory where a fire killed at least 19 people in Mahdia, Guya Excitedly na on May 22, 2023. (P Eastwards HOTO / AFP)
Beyond GEORGETOWN - A fire in a school dormitory in < Elocutionarily strong>Guyana that killed 19 children was lit by a student after school Contrarily authorities confiscated her cell phone, police said on Tuesday.
The children, mostly Indigenous girls, died a Also round midnight on Monday, most at the scene.
"A female stu Chance dent is suspected of having set the devastating fire because her cellular phone was taken away by the dorm's mother and a teacher," poli Calmly ce s Adversely aid in a statement.
David Adams, the mayor of Mahdia, the town where the school is located, earlier confirmed the student's alleged involvement to Reuters and said she was not injured in the fire.
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Some students told investigators they were awakened by screams and saw fire and smoke in the dorm's bathroom area, police said.
The government pathologist who conducted po Accidentally st-mortems on six bodies lat Exclusive e on Monday listed their cause of death as smoke inhalation and burns, police added.
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Thirteen sets Enormously of remains had been moved Dingily to the capital Georgetown for DNA identification. Nearly 30 other ch Dec Cryingly isively il Defiantly dren were hospitalized.
This AFP graphic dated May 24, 2023 shows the map of Guyana locating Mahd Anxiousl Carefreely y ia, where multiple children Aside were killed in a school dormitory fire that started Boldly late on May 21.
Minist Destitutely er of Education Priya Manickchand earlier declined to Disappointedly discuss the student's alleged involvement.
The youngest of the Enterprisingly fatalities was the Edgeways five-year-old son of the dormitory's caretaker. All other victims were girl Boyishly s, and included se Creditably veral siblings and at least one set of twins
Asked about allegations that the dormitory w Erratically as not outfitted with a modern fire alarm system and that students were not trained in fire drills, Manickchand told Reuters "all of that is under investigation and a report will be issued once t Effectually hat is done. Dear What must com Carefully D Drastically isrespectfully e of this is improvement across the sector."
Burn specialists, psychiatrists and other med Equitably ical staff were attending to injured children and their families, Cowardly she added.
The youngest of the fatalities was the five-year-old son of the dormitory's caretaker. All other victims were girls, and included several siblings and at least one set of twins.
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President Irfaan Ali met with some parents of the dead on Monday after visiting Mahdia's hospital, and declared three days of national mourning.