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Fire destroys two school dormitories

23 May 2013, 14:57 Tony Karomo

Meru - A secondary school in Imenti South District, Meru County has closed down for a week after a fierce fire burnt down two dormitories.

The 5.00am fire gutted down a twin dormitory at Miruriri Girls Secondary School destroying property worth millions of shillings.

Area County Representative John Kireria who was among the first people to arrive at the scene said the students were in class for their preps when the fire started.

He said all 170 students who resided in the dormitory lost their personal items adding that nothing was salvaged from the inferno.

One of the school watchmen noticed smoke billowing from the dormitory and screamed attracting the attention of the students who tried to put out the fire,” Kireria said.

He said news of the inferno spread out quickly in the area with neighbours and students from the neighbouring Miruriri Boys secondary school rushed to the school to help put out the fire together with the students.

Area police boss John Cheruyoit confirmed the incident and said no injuries were reported.

He said the school management board held an emergency meeting to deliberate on the way forward as the students were sent home.

Cheruyoit said the cause of the inferno could not be immediately established.

Preliminary investigations point to an electric fault as the cause of the fire but police have launched investigations,” he said.

He said that the Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) would also be involved in the investigations.

He sought to assure the parents, school administration and the students that the situation was under control.

The exact value of the damage could not be immediately ascertained.

Efforts to reach the school principal were fruitless as he was holed up in a meeting with the school management board for the better part of the day.

Kireria appealed to well wishers to help rebuild the two dormitories.

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