Kisumu Boys Students To Remain In School As Probe Into Fire Incident Begins
Early Childhood Basic Education PS Julius Jwan has stated that learning will resume at Kisumu Boys High School.
This follows a fire incident on Saturday morning that destroyed property of unknown value.
Jwan stated that the fire destroyed three dormitories and four classrooms, displacing 250 students.
He stated that the school administration, the board, and other stakeholders decided not to send the students home because they had only returned to school on Friday.
Jwan mentioned that the Kenya Red Cross has already offered to deliver twenty tents to help with the situation.
He stated that ten of the tents will be used as classrooms, while the remaining will be converted into temporary dormitories.
“The school has liaised with their contractors and suppliers who have promised to donate mattresses and beddings for the affected students,” he said.
“All the 1,652 out of 2,300 students who reported back to the school on Friday after the half-term break are safe. Nobody was injured in the inferno.”
He urged parents to remain calm, adding that the school will inform them of the next steps and how they can assist their children.
The fire is said to have started in one of the dorms at 8.30 a.m. before spreading to the others, including the classrooms.
Investigations have already begun, with various state agencies dispatched to determine the cause of the fire.
Kisumu police have launched an investigation to determine the cause of the fire.
Hussein Alanson, deputy county commissioner for Kisumu Central, said the incident was unfortunate because schools had just started on Friday.
“We cannot say at the moment what is the cause of the fire. Investigation are on and at a later date will give response as to what might have caused the fire,” he said.
He stated that damage assessment is ongoing and that additional assessment agencies will be involved to determine the extent of the damage.
The morning incident impacted a number of dormitories and classrooms.
According to Chief Principal Dancun Owiye, the fire began around 8.30 a.m., after the boys had finished their breakfast and were on their way to their various classes.
He claimed that the fire started in one of the dormitories and that when it was discovered, the fire bridge was summoned to assist in putting it out.
Although one of the dormitories is connected to the classrooms, no casualties were reported.
“We have a total of 1,500 students and non has been hurt by the fire incident. They are all safe,” Owiye said.
Kisumu Central MP-elect Joshua Oron, who was present at the scene, stated that they will work with the school administration and other stakeholders to ensure that things return to normal.
Oron also expressed gratitude to the local community for responding quickly before the fire engines arrived.
“We also want to thank the county government and airports authority for their fire engines including the security teams who responded to this”.
Abala Wanga, the city manager, told the Star that the fire was massive and required coordinated efforts.
“I want to apologise of the delay in our fire engine because the magnitude of the fire was huge and the water went down so they had to rush back to the hydrant.
“But the airport Authority fire engine came in handy after they were called,” he said.