18 of those who died were female students of the Mahdia Secondary School. The 9th child was a young boy who was the son of the caretaker of the facility.
A number of other children are nursing severe burns and other injuries.
According to News Source, the fire reportedly started just after 11:00 PM on Sunday night while most of the children were asleep. It quickly engulfed the heavily grilled wooden building, and that resulted in many of the children being trapped.
Villagers recounted that the fire service was summoned moments after the blaze was noticed. By the time the firemen arrived, the entire building was engulfed in flames.
The firemen were forced to hammer a hole through the concrete wall to reach some of the children. They were able to save more than 20 of them.