In Niamey, the capital of Niger, 20 children died in a school fire. The age of the victim was between 5 and 10 years old. A teacher was also killed. The number of injured is unknown.
At the end of the school day when the children were still in class, the fire broke out.
Like many other schools in this poor African country, this school is made up of thatched huts. The commander of the 38 local fire brigade said: “Of the 38 cabins, 25 were on fire.” “Although rescuers arrived quickly, the fire spread so fast that children could not go out.”
Niger Prime Minister Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou (Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou) visited the disaster area and expressed condolences to the parents of the victims. He also announced a national day of mourning.
Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world. The authorities have built thatched huts where children can attend classes, because there is usually no money to buy a safe school building. These highly flammable buildings often have fires, but rarely cause casualties.
The cause of the fire is unknown.