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Fire guts down twin dormitories at Njega Boys Secondary School

An  early morning fire on Wednesday  left 165 Njega Boys secondary school students in the cold after it gutted down their twin  dormitories.

The  fire was said to have broken out shortly after 6.45 am when the students were in their morning studies.

When the huge flames were spoted by some of the students, an alarm was sounded forcing the entire school to congregate at  a safe point as teachers made frantic efforts to put it out.

“As we continued to fight out the fire using all equipment possible without success, the Kirinyaga County Fire engine
arrived quite on time and saved the situation though the dormitory roofs had already collapsed,” said Karani  Wangai, a  neighbor to the school.

The students who were residing in the ill-fated dormitory however lost all their personal belongings including beddings to  the fire.

By 12 mid-day curious parents had thronged the school to find out the fate of their children though luckily no casualties  were reported.

The  area County Director of Education, Margaret  Mwirigi visited the school on learning of the incident and asked the  parents not to panic as the issue was under control.

“All we know as at now is that the two dormitories have been burnt down including all the personal effects for the
students and we must leave the matter to police investigators as to what caused the morning fire ,”she said at the school.

The  School Principal, Elias Gitobu  said he was not in a position to comment on the matter with his boss having addressed the  Media earlier on the same subject.

He later addressed the parents whom he assured that the affected students will still continue being in school as the Board of Management had agreed to buy them beddings and other items to cater for the emergency.

School fires dominated the media headlines last year with most of the fires reportedly started by saboteurs.

By  Irungu  Mwangi

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