The fire broke out in the hostel dormitories while students were sleeping
The fire incident which occurred yesterday midnight, November 29, started from the biggest hostel of the school while the students were fast asleep at about 2am.
The recorded deaths resulted from suffocation and stampede as hundreds of students rushed to escape the blaze through two exits. The bodies of the dead girls was confirmed by hospital and school officials, with the confirmation that their bodies have been deposited at Murtala Mohammed Specialists Hospital.
The Executive Secretary of Secondary Schools Management Board, Husaini Ganduje, also confirmed death of seven students in the fire, saying those who sustained injuries were currently receiving treatment. Usman Bello, the director of press to the deputy governor, Hafiz Abubakar, also released a statement concerning the sad event.
“Firemen have quenched the fire that broke out at the hostel of the Government Girls Secondary School Jogana. The students were evacuated to their classes and those affected were rushed to Gezawa and Sir Sanusi Hospital.
“The special adviser to the governor on education Dr. Bakari Ado Hussaini and management of Kano State Senior Secondary Schools all mobilized to the school and were coordinating with the state deputy governor and commissioner of education, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar. The commissioner of health has also mobilized health personnel to attend to the victims of the incident,” the statement read.
A Naij.com source in the state also said that authorities of the school have no emergency arrangement for fire, which made some neighbors around the school premises to come to the rescue of the female students who were all in their sleeping gowns.
A local resident, Malam Auwalu Iro, said that due to the pitiful situation, they had to mobilize even their wives to join in the rescue mission during the fire accident as their was no immediate response either from the school authorities or the fire Service who have to come from Kano city a distance of about 25 kilometers to Jogana town.
As at the time of filing this report, parents were seen at the school picking up their wards in a very apprehensive manner.
Meanwhile, Naij.com correspondent, Nnenna Ibeh and photojournalist, Yinka Adeparusi on Wednesday, November 25, spent a day with pupils of School Without Walls, a school in Kuchingoro camp for the internally displaced children.