Due to the intensity of the fire, the fire brigade was called. By the time the fire was extinguished, 20 people had died. The incident took place in the central Guyana mining town, 200 miles from the capital Georgetown. The police started investigating the cause of the fire. A student was arrested in this case. The mobile phone of this student was confiscated by the teacher. She was angry because of that. In a fit of rage, she set the school hostel on fire. In no time the fire reached the school. The student was also injured while setting the fire.
The police said that the student set fire to the school after the teacher seized the mobile phone. ‘A 14-year-old student had an affair with an old man. So her mobile phone was confiscated. At that time, she threatened to set fire to the girls’ hostel,’ said National Security Adviser Gerald Govia.
The accused student was also injured while setting the fire. She is currently undergoing treatment in the hospital. She will be arrested after being discharged from the hospital. After that she will be interrogated. Many of the nine hospitalized are in critical condition. Many of those who lost their lives in the fire have not been identified. DNA tests will be needed for that. Countries like the US have offered assistance to Guyana for these tests.