by Denis Chabrol (Demerara Waves) Police on Tuesday said a schoolgirl allegedly set fire to the female dormitory of the Mahdia Secondary School on Sunday night, resulting in the death of 19 persons.
Investigators said they would Wednesday seek advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
“A female student is suspected of having set the devastating fire because her cellular phone was taken away by the dorm’s mother and a teacher,” police said.
Well-placed sources said the suspect became enraged after her phone was taken away and she threatened to burn down the residence for students who attend the Mahdia Secondary School. She allegedly sprayed a can of insecticide on a lit matchstick in the vicinity of curtains in the toilet and bathroom area.
The suspect, according to sources, escaped the inferno after men broke down one of the locked doors. The dorm mother reportedly panicked and could not identify the right keys from among those on the bunch.
Among those who perished was the dorm mother’s five-year old son.