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Fire razes down school dormitory in Nyamira

KNA        A fire has razed a dormitory at Tonga Omonuri Adventist Boarding Primary School in West Mugirango location, Nyamira South Sub County in Nyamira County destroying property whose worth is yet to be established.


According to the school head teacher, Mr. Charles Ombui, the incident which happened on Wednesday evening, started at around 7.45pm while pupils were undertaking their evening studies. The alarm was raised by two pupils who had gone for a short call after they saw smoke coming from the building.


"We rushed outside and could only see thick smoke up from the boys’ dormitory which accommodates 150 pupils and the school workers who were within the school compound and neighbours who heard the commotion and saw smoke rushed to our aid,” the head teacher narrated.


 “A County officer who stays nearby called the fire engine from Nyamira town and the team responded swiftly to assist in quenching the fire though nothing was salvaged from the dormitory,” Mr. Ombui revealed.


 Nyamira South Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Julius Otieno, while visiting the scene with his security team on Thursday said it was a very unfortunate incident and advised the school management to coordinate with stakeholders to ensure that pupil’s urgent needs are met first, so as to restore normalcy and deal with the rest, like construction of a new dormitory at a later date.


 “Pupil’s personal effects like their bedding and uniforms need to be given priority and a temporal building be improvised to be used as a dormitory for the affected pupils to use, and other needs like construction of a new dormitory which require a huge sum of money to be initiated later,” the DCC advised.


He further urged parents who had rushed to the school on Thursday to ascertain the safety of their children to support the school as much as possible, like providing their children with personal effects which were destroyed by fire like suitcases, school shoes and toiletries amongst other things.


The Sub-County Police Commander, Moses Kirong advised the head teacher to warn members of the public against congesting around the scene of the burnt dormitory as investigations have commenced, so that they don’t interfere with evidence that will help ascertain the true cause of the fire and the area should therefore be treated as a crime scene.


The school head teacher confirmed that no pupil, school worker or any other person was injured or hurt in any way during the scary incident.


Tonga Omonuri Adventist Boarding Primary School has 695 boarding students and all of them were present when the accident occurred.

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