Fire erupts in Haripur girls school while hundreds present in building

Rescue 1122 spokesperson says there were about 1,400 students and all of them were safely evacuated

By
Abrar Rasheed
Fire erupts in Haripur girls school while hundreds present in building
Fire erupts in Government Girls Higher Secondary School in Sirikot, Haripur district, on May 27, 2024. —Geo News
  • Fire brigade vehicles face trouble reaching incident’s site.
  • As per the rescue department, no loss of life happened.
  • About half of school building constructed with wood.

HARIPUR: A massive fire erupted in a public school for girls in Haripur on Monday, putting lives of hundreds of people present in the building at peril.

A rescue official said fire swept through Government Girls Higher Secondary School in the Sirikot of Haripur District area while hundreds of pupils were present there. 

Fire trucks were sought from TMA and Ghazi areas as firefighters along the local residents began putting off the blaze, the official said, adding that fire brigade vehicles faced trouble reaching the incident’s site because of mountainous terrain.

Haripur's Rescue 1122 spokesperson Faraz Jalal said there were about 1,400 students and all of them were safely evacuated from the school building.

The spokesperson said the blaze burnt school furniture, all the record and ceilings. “The inferno badly damaged the entire school building,” he said.

It was transpired that the female students were evacuated by residents of the area on their own.

As per the rescue department, no loss of life happened. It said about half of the school building was constructed with wood.

Short-circuit caused fire: KP chief secretary

Later, Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Nadeem Aslam Chaudhry confirmed that the school building caught fire because of a short-circuit.

Chaudhry maintained that further investigation into the unfortunate happening was underway, adding that the affected school would soon be made functional.

On the other hand, KP Chief Minister Ali Amin Gandapur has taken notice of the fire incident. The rescue officials timely took action and evacuated the students, he said.

The chief minister said the education department and district administration would submit report regarding the fire accident, whereas all the educational institutes would be reviewed so that such incidents could not happen in the future.

He also said the damaged caused by the blaze would be compensated by the provincial government.