Government Girls Secondary School, Jogana, in Kano State, has left at least seven students dead and 21 others injured.
The fire was said to have broken out at the biggest hostel of the school while the students were fast asleep.
It was learnt that the bodies of the seven female students have been deposited at the Murtala Mohammed Specialists Hospital while those who sustained injuries, were currently receiving treatment.
A statement Sunday night by Usman Bello, the director of press to the deputy governor, Hafiz Abubakar, said the fire had been put under control in the night, and the injured students were rushed to hospital.
“Firemen have quenched the fire that broke out at the hostel of the Government Girls Secondary School Jogana”, the statement said.
“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 added.
The cause of the fire was still not known as at the time of publishing this report.