Nigeriens are mourning the victims of a fire in the capital city of Niamey that claimed the lives of 20 pre-schoolers, aged from 3 to 5, on Tuesday. The children became trapped as the blaze ripped through their straw hut classroom.
"The little innocent children were really burned alive in this fire," School Director Habiba Gaya told AFP news agency. "They were little so they weren't able to run."
Fire kills at least 20 children— MwanzoTV (@MwanzoTv) April 14, 2021
20 children died after being trapped in a fire at a school in Niger's capital, Niamey. The fire started late Monday afternoon as children were attending lessons.#MwanzoTV pic.twitter.com/68qvxdo1XE
At least 20 children killed in Niger school fire pic.twitter.com/MZ7xJ0OO37— The National (@TheNationalNews) April 14, 2021
According to reports, the building was already destroyed by the time firefighters arrived. The authorities are investigating the incident.