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September 19, 2017

100 Migori Boys' students sleep in cold after fire razes dorm

Migori Boys' Secondary School students and parents at the scene of the dormitory fire on September 13, 2017. /MANUEL ODENY
Migori Boys' Secondary School students and parents at the scene of the dormitory fire on September 13, 2017. /MANUEL ODENY

More than 100 students of Migori Boys Secondary School spent Wednesday night in the cold after a fire gutted down a dormitory.

They lost everything in the fire at about 9.30pm but none of then was hurt as they were attending night preps, said principal John Ogolla.

“Three teachers - the deputy, our boarding master and I - noticed a huge ball of fire,” Ogolla told reporters concerning the dormitory with 107 beds.

He said they rushed to the scene and tried to put off the fire using buckets of water.

“All property was destroyed. We thank God there was no casualty. We don’t know the cause of the fire," he said.

"There was no tension in the school," he noted, adding police will determine whether the fire resulted from an electric fault.

The dormitory had been destroyed by the time police and fire fighters from Sony Sugar Company arrived.

Several cases of schools fires have been reported in the last weeks.

At Thim Jope Secondary School in Uriri sub-county on Monday, a dormitory of about 60 students went up in flames during night preps.

Uriri deputy commissioner Wilson Kimaiyo said they were investigating the matter and had crucial leads.

Caleb Opondi, who is Migori secretary of the Kenya National Union of Teachers, called on the government to make public and act on reports on school fires.

Also read: Losses after Migori High school dorm catches fire

“Stakeholders including teachers, parents and the public gave their reports. We need the ministry to make clear the report and implement measures to end the fires."

Opondi said the incidents in the county point to a deeply-rooted problem.

“Examinations are around the corner and there is fear that these incidents are caused by an arsonist. They should be checked."

He asked institutions to ensure teachers and students are counselled as the cases are traumatising.

More on schools: Sigoti Girls dormitory in Kisumu razed down, no injuries

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