Seven students died and 25 others were injured in an inferno that gutted a girls’ school hostel in Kano.
The fire incident, which occurred late on Sunday night, razed the hostel of Government Girls’ Secondary School, Jogana in Gezawa Local Government Area of Kano State.
Kano State Deputy Governor, Professor Hafiz Abubakar, confirmed the death and inferno.
He said he had already visited the scene of the tragedy and the hospitals where the survivors werereceiving treatment.
He conveyed the government’s condolences to the families of the victims, assuring them that government would cater for the medical bills of the affected students.
Abubakar, who doubles as the state Commissioner for Education, ordered the immediate closure of the school to enable the students and parents manage the trauma of the tragic incident.
He said a technical committee would be set up to identify the immediate and remote causes of the fire as well as advise government on the best means of repairing the hostel.
The deputy governor commended the community where the school is sited for its assistance during the fire outbreak and acknowledged the contributions of companies in the area for providing fire fighting equipment to help put out the fire.