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Dormitories razed down by Fire

23 March 2012, 11:56 Tony Ndungu Karomo

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Police officers in Imenti South District have arrested a suspect in connection to a fire that gutted down 2 dormitories at Igoji Boys Secondary School barely 2 days after another 2 dormitories were burnt down over the weekend.

Confirming the incident to press today, area OCPD Leah Kithei said the suspected arsonist who was arrested yesterday night was cornered by students in an attempt to escape from the school compound.

The OCPD said the suspect is being held at Nkubu Police Station to aid police with investigations. She said the cause of the fire is yet to be established urging anybody with information to forward it to the provincial administration to enable them establish the truth and take appropriate action.

Igoji Civic Leader John Kireria said the Tuesday night fire started at around 7:30pm when students were going for the evening preps after watching the 7pm news. He said the fire destroyed school property worth thousands of shillings including students’ personal effects with nothing being salvaged from the inferno.

The civic leader has appealed to the government and any well-wishers to come in and support the estimated about 350 students who have been affected by the tragedy. “The new items purchased following the Sunday incident were also destroyed. I urge all educational stakeholders to financially assist the school to construct new dormitories and buy the destroyed items so that the affected learners enjoy their education,” said the civic leader. He noted the efforts made by a contingent of police officers led by the area DC Dominic Kyenza and OCPD, Meru Fire Brigade team and Meru County Council Chairman Gideon Kimathi in combating the fire from causing further destruction. 

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