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Concern as fire rocks Maranda High, again

By - | Published Tue, January 29th 2013 at 00:00, Updated January 29th 2013 at 10:50 GMT +3

By Lawrence Aluru

Cause of incident, where two dorms were burnt down, is yet to be established but police are investigating

Two dormitories in Maranda High School have been reduced to ashes after the buildings caught fire in the wee hours of the morning.

The 6.30am fire started while the students were attending the morning assembly. They noticed smoke coming from two dorms.

The deputy principal in charge of academics, Bob Otieno Oyugi, said the students rushed to try and put out the fire and salvage some of their property from the two dorms housing 215 Form Three students.

“Even though the students were able to salvage property from the other parts of Bore dorm that is housing 55 students, some property was totally destroyed,” said Otieno.

This comes barely four months after the school was faced with two similar fire incidents last September, and an urgent security meeting has now been called to that effect.

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Security measures

Mr Otieno said they alerted the fire fighting department from Kisumu.

He said no student was injured in the incident, adding that the cause was not immediately known as they had installed adequate security measures when the last two incidents took place. “We do not suspect anybody to have been involved in causing the fire as it happened at a very odd time,” noted Otieno.

At that particular moment, there was a power blackout and the school was using a generator, even though he maintained that the real cause of the inferno has not yet been established.

The fire brigade managed to put out the fire at around 8am with the help of students and school workers.

Bondo OCPD Paul Kiare said nobody was injured, adding that they had launched investigation to establish the cause.

Two people had earlier been accused for having caused previous fire incidents in the school.

One of the school suppliers, Mr Onyango Otoyo, said there could be some agents within the school who may be behind the schemes.

“There is need for thorough investigation to unearth the real cause of burning down the school,” added Otoyo.

Lilian Achieng, whose son is in Form Two at the school, said the incident is demoralising to the students and could affect their studies.




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