A dormitory burst into flames at the Hola Boys National School in Tana River County Saturday night, leaving at least 60 students with nowhere to sleep.
The incident that took place at about 9.00 pm when students were doing their night studies is suspected to have been caused by an electric fault.
Students’ property of unknown value was destroyed.
The teacher on duty, who sought anonymity, told reporters that there was an explosion followed by a power blackout before the dormitory christened ‘Chui House’ burst into flames, destroying everything.
We heard a loud bang followed by a power blackout and then the flames. We took fire extinguishers and ran to put out the fire, but we were too late as the fire consumed everything, the teacher said.
Nobody was reportedly injured in the incident, with teachers taking roll calls to ensure all students were accounted for.
County Director of Education Gitonga Mbaka confirmed the incident, noting that initial reports indicated the fire had been caused by an electric fault.
Investigations have been launched to establish the cause of the fire, but initial reports indicated that the inferno could have been caused by an electric fault, he said.
At least 40 schools have been affected by school fires in the country this term in what is believed to be a result of student’s fear of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations.
Source: Kenya News Agency