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Fire guts down Alliance Girls High School dormitory

By By Lonah Kibet | May 31st 2013

By Lonah Kibet

Properties belonging to 16 students in Alliance Girls High School were destroyed after a fire broke out at the school in the afternoon.

The School Principal Dorothy Kamwilu said there was loud bang before the fire broke out and destroyed a common room hosting 16 girls.

“One of the workers informed us that there was fire in one of the dormitories during the first period of the afternoon. Sixteen mattresses were destroyed. Luckily no one has been injured in the incident,” said Kamwilu as she addressed the press yesterday outside the school.

Although she denied the press entry to the burnt part of the dormitory she said fire extinguishers in the area had contained the situation and that some students who had experienced shock had been rush to a nearby hospital for further examination.

Students had assembled in a central place in the schools’ field waiting to be shown the way forward.

Worried parents and guardians stood outside the gate waiting to be addressed by the principal on the situation inside the school and if their children were safe.

Ambulances that passed them carrying the students did not ease their worries.

Outside Presbyterian Church of East Africa Kikuyu Hospital casualty area were students from the school waiting to be examined.

The hospitals’ director of nursing services Margaret Kiarie confirmed that they had received eight girls from the school and four had already been treated and discharged.

Kiarie added that they also received one causal worker who had experienced minor smoke inhalation.

“There were no serious injuries on the part of the students, there were no signs of burns, they were just in shock. One casual worked who might have been near the fire had suffocated from inhaling smoke but he has also been treated and released,” said Kiarie.

She said they had already liaised with AGHS management to ensure students were talked to tocalm them down.

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