75 schoolgirls spend the night in cold as dorm catches fire
20 July 2016, 12:19
Murang'a- About 75 students of Kibutha Girls’ High school in Kangema, Murang’a County, spent the night in cold after fire gutted down their dormitory.
The inferno that started around 9.30pm reduced the whole building into ashes destroying students’ belongings.
The School Board of Management chairman, Geoffrey Wamburi said nothing was salvaged from the dormitory as all students were doing their evening preps when the incident occurred.
Wamburi, who was accompanied by other members of the Board to assess the damage said neighbours responded quickly to contain the fire from spreading to other dormitories.
He added that they are investigating the matter to establish the cause of the inferno.
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“We can’t say the fire was started by students or outsiders but we have involved criminal investigation officers to help us establish source of the fire that burnt the dormitory which is at the furthest end of the school compound,” remarked Wamburi.
The chairman said the school management will hold a special meeting to discuss possible ways of providing shelter to the affected students.
Kangema Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), William Lenaremo however said villagers arrested two boys from a neighbouring school who were passing near the institution.
“The two boys of Kiruri Secondary were detained by villagers as they passed near the school gate but we cannot ascertain they are the one who caused the fire. We are holding them as we carry out investigations,” said the DCC.
Lenaremo said the boys will help with investigations saying measures are being taken to ensure there is no school unrest experienced in the region.
Kibutha is the third school in Murang’a County to record fire incident after St. Peters boys’ in Kandara and Kiunyu mixed school in Gatanga sub-counties.
Cases of arson attacks in schools around the country have increased and are causing great concern.
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