Students sleep in dining hall after burning their dorm
31 July 2016, 21:14
Kwale - About 50 students at Kwale high school were forced to spend the night in the dining hall after their dormitory was burnt to ashes on Friday night.
Radar company fire engine helped to put off the fire as the county fire engine took almost two hours to respond.
The fire according to school Principal Festus Sombo started at around 9:15 PM when students were in their evening preps.
Sombo said that all students are safe.
“When guards switched a generator on, they saw one of the dormitories on fire,” he added.
The cause of the fire has not yet been established but investigations into the matter have been launched.
Sombo said that before the dormitory went on fire, there was a total power blackout in the school which is believed to have been occasioned by those who lit the fire.
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Speaking to journalists at the school on Friday night, Sombo said that it is not clear who put off the lights in the school adding that investigation will unearth the truth.
“It is a work of an individual; let him carry his cross alone. We will not leave any stone unturned,” he said.
Sombo asked students who might have any information about the incident to share with the management for action to be taken.
“It is unacceptablefor a school of our status but I assure you we are going to get to the bottom of this,” he added.
The fire forced county security committee led by Commissioner Kutswa Olaka to convene an urgent meeting and discuss the issue.
“CID have taken up the matter and we should be having very good leads. We will know who were supposed to be where and were not there as we get to the bottom of the matter,” he added.
Kutswa added that the school management will decide whether to close the school or not depending on the situation.
Security officers were deployed in the school to ensure students are safe as the management and security officials try to collect information and trace the suspects.
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