Second Meru School Fire Destroys Property Worth Sh7 million
Wednesday evening, suspected arsonists burnt a twin dormitory at Ndagene High school in Imenti South, Meru County, igniting property valued more than Sh7 million.
This was the second school fire in the county after a dormitory at Ruiri Girls in Buuri East was destroyed on Tuesday, just as students returned from a one-week break.
Students are believed to have sparked the Ndagene fire, which caused the roofs of the buildings to collapse as the timber was destroyed by the blaze.
As the fire quickly spread throughout the structure, just a few of the 200 students who resided in the dorms were able to save their personal belongings.
Peter Njoroge, the principal of the school, stated that arson was a possibility since the electricity was off when the fire broke out.
The pupils had recently finished their lessons and were enjoying coffee. Because the power was out in that area of the institution at the time of the occurrence, we have concluded that it was the students who were responsible. The investigation has begun.
He stated that public property should be respected.
Police stated that they have not yet determined how the fire began.
Teachers and children fought the fire until firefighters from the town of Meru came and extinguished it.
No students were wounded, and the affected students were relocated to other dormitories.
Meru Central Caxton Miungi, executive secretary of Knut, denounced the fire incidents and asked students to be calm as final exams approached.
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“Though the investigations are ongoing, we have seen scenarios where when exams draw closer, we experience school fires emerging. Some wayward students who are afraid of examinations could be involved,” he said.
The official lamented that such damage of property could impose an additional strain on overburdened parents experiencing difficult economic circumstances.