This image shows a fire at an Islamic boarding school in Indonesia in 2019
A photo has been shared on blogs and other social media in Indonesia claiming to show a deadly fire at a Koranic school in Liberia's capital, Monrovia. The claim is false: the image is of a fire at an Islamic boarding school in the Indonesian city of Jayapura.
The photo appeared in this Indonesian-language blog post, dated November 7, 2021.
Its title translates to English as: "Verily to Allah We Belong and to Allah We Shall Return. Need Your Assistance and Prayers. Fire at Koranic Boarding School Kills 26 Pupils and Two Teachers".
The first two paragraphs of the blog post reads: "A deadly fire took place at a Koranic boarding school near Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, on early Wednesday.
"As quoted by AFP, the Liberian Presidential Office stated that at least 26 pupils and two teachers were killed in the incident, which started on late Tuesday night and went on until early Wednesday.
It added that Liberian President George Weah, a former AC Milan football player, had visited the disaster location in Paynesville, according to a presidential spokesman.
The claim, however, is false.
A reverse image search on Google found that the photo actually shows a fire at an Islamic boarding school in Jayapura, in Indonesia's Papua province, on February 12, 2019.
The photo was published here in a report in Indonesian news outlet Kompas.com, dated February 13, 2021 and headlined: "Fire at girl's dormitory of Islamic boarding school in Jayapura."
The photo's caption reads: "Fire ripped through the girl's dormitory at DDI Boarding School Jayapura on Tuesday, February 12, 2019."
Below is a screenshot comparison between the photo in the misleading post (L) and the Kompas.com photo (R):
No deaths were reported in the fire.
The details of the incident described in the misleading posts appear to relate to a fire at a Liberian Koranic school in September 2019, which killed at least 26 pupils and two teachers, as reported by AFP here.