Ten students died and seven others were injured today in a fire at a private hostel in Arunachal Pradesh’s Kurung Kumey district, bordering China, Home Ministry officials said.

Ten students of Holy Angel Don Bosco School were killed in the fire at Palin in the district. Of them, only nine bodies could be identified, they said.

The fire broke out in the hostel, made of bamboo, run by a lady next to the school, the officials said.

According to DIG (West) T.T. Lama, of the 10 students, seven were male and three female. Seven students were injured in the fire.

“The fire broke out at 2:30 am. There were about 56-60 students in the hostel when the mishap took place,” DIG (Crime) Tashi Lama said.

The cause of the blaze is yet to be ascertained, he said.

According to government officials, CRPF personnel were deployed in the area after locals clashed with the school authorities following the incident. A police team from neighbouring Upper Subansiri district was also rushed to the area.