News Americas, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Tues. May 23, 2023: Ashes of burnt out text book, twisted metal and a charred and broken concrete structure are all that physically remain of the dormitory fire in Guyana’s interior area of Madhia that claimed 19 young lives Sunday night.
Mostly indigenous Guyanese whose children were staying at the dorm to attend school in Madhia, searched for answers as their tears fell openly during a meeting with Guyana’s President Irfaan Ali. Here are some of the scenes from the aftermath of the disaster.
A total of 59 girls were staying in the dorms, but only 56 were in the rooms when the fire started since three went home for the weekend. Thirteen of the girls and a little boy died at the dorms, while five died at the Mahdia Hospital.
Of those injured, six children were medevacked to Georgetown in the wee hours of the morning, while 17 are in the Mahdia Hospital.
Due to the severity of the deaths, DNA analysis is needed to identify the 13 female victims, who perished at the dormitory. The Government of Guyana has already sought the needed support from regional and international partners and is optimistic that by the end of the day, that support will be received to bring closure to the families.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer (ag), Dwayne Scotland revealed that the fire was lit maliciously in the south-western end of the building, which rapidly consumed the building killing 19 children residing in the dormitory.