Guyana: Nineteen killed in dorm fire deliberately set by girl whose phone was taken away

Source: Fox News

“A deadly dormitory fire that killed 19 students in Guyana was set by a fellow student after her cellphone was confiscated when her affair with an older man was revealed, officials said. Several others were injured when the blaze ripped through a locked dormitory at the Mahdia Secondary School late Sunday. The female suspect, who is about 14, allegedly threatened to torch the wood-and-concrete building when her phone was taken away over her relationship with an older man, national security adviser Gerald Gouveia said. The girl, who was injured in the blaze, is expected to be released from the hospital this week and will be held in juvenile detention. Officials said the dorm’s locked doors and grilled windows prevented most of the victims from escaping the fire.” (05/24/23)