18 schoolgirls died in a massive fire that swept through a dormitory at Pitakiatwittaya School in the Wiang Pa Pao district of Chiang Rai in northern Thailand, where girls aged between 5 and 12 were sleeping at the Christian school for girls from poor hill tribe families.
Heartbreaking! RIP little girls! I hope you are in a better place now, away from that wicked world of ours. No…No & No! Why these kids has to suffer like that! Born poor, lived poor and they burned alive in their sleep screaming “Mama” till the last breath but “Poor” Mama wasn’t around! God have Mercy!
18 schoolgirls aged 5 to 12 have died in a fire at a Pitakiatwittaya boarding School in the Wiang Pa Pao district of Chiang Rai, Thailand at around 11pm on Sunday.
The school provides free education and accommodation to the poor hill tribe children, the school has been open for 5 years and has around 140 students. The students were asleep when the flames ripped through their second storey dormitory. 20 others were rescued. A total of 38 children of the 142 that attend the school were in the dormitory when the fire started.
Faulty fluorescent light on the ground floor may have been the cause. A hot fragment fell onto a pile of clothes and started the fire. The children likely died due to smoke inhalation. Most of the losses were because the children were asleep.
Namae Patikiri, a 57-year-old member of the Hmong hill tribe, lost 6 grandchildren in the blaze. “5 of them had only moved here a year ago,” she said, crying. “The other one had only been here for two weeks.”