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Boys’ school closed after fire guts dormitory

Tengecha Boys High School in Bureti Sub-county has been closed indefinitely after the school dormitory was torched by unknown people Monday morning.

 

Following the fire incident police have arrested three students suspected to be linked to incident.

 

The Bureti Sub-county deputy OCPD Augustine Kamaria said the arrested students will be interrogated and assist with investigations.

 

“We have arrested the students for interrogation so as to assist us with investigations. We are holding them at Litein police station and will possibly arraign them in court later, “said Kamaria.

 

After a five hour meeting with security agencies and the school board of management, the chairman Joshua Korir announced the school had been closed indefinitely to give them room to rebuild the dormitory and also to ease tension.

 

During the incident property and personal effects of unknown value went up in smoke when fire gutted down the dormitory.

 

The fire that started at around 6.00am Monday morning reduced students’ belongings that included beds and beddings to ashes. The 172 students affected escaped unhurt.

 

When fire engines from Kericho town arrived, the fire had been put out by students and entire school’s fraternity.

 

Bureti Sub County head of criminal investigations Stephen Ole Tanki said the cause of the fire has not been established and added investigations are ongoing.

 

“We don’t know yet the cause of the fire but we have begun investigations over the incident,” said Tanki.

 

He called on parents to remain calm as investigations continue.

 

The school was hit by a similar fire incident in 2016 where a four storey dormitory was razed completely and students sent home as the school management built a new one.

 

The then Education Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiangi while accompanied by TSC Secretary Nancy Macharia visited the school to access the damage.

 

By Dominic Cheres 

 

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