Maranda shut after another dormitory fire

September 20, 2012 10:20 am
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Police from Bondo managed to rescue the suspect from the angry students who pounced on him beating him senselessly/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 20 – Maranda High School has been shut indefinitely after a third dormitory went up in flames on Thursday morning, barely three days after two other dormitories were burnt.

The fire is said to have started at 5.30am when the students were doing personal studies in their classrooms in the face of an ongoing teachers strike.

Fire fighters from Kisumu – some 100 kilometres away – arrived to put out the fire but it had destroyed much of the building.

Students said that they saw smoke billowing from their dormitories and rushed to the scene and spotted someone running away.

According to the school’s deputy principal Bob Otieno, the students gave chase and arrested the suspect as he tried to jump over the fence.

“Our students were in class studying when a student who had stepped out to answer a call of nature spotted smoke and alerted other students,” said Otieno.

The suspect was in full school uniform but not a student at the school that was ranked first nationally in last year’s Kenya certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).

“We have confirmed that the suspect is not a student in this school. Police should now find out where he obtained the school uniform and whether it is a collusion among our students,” said Otieno.

“Our students were in class studying when a student who had stepped out to answer a call of nature spotted smoke and alerted other students,” said Otieno.

Police from Bondo managed to rescue the suspect from the angry students who pounced on him beating him senselessly.

The students later stormed the Maranda DO’s office where the suspect was being held on awaiting transfer to Bondo police station destroying the office extensively.

Bondo Deputy Police boss Paul Kiarie says investigations into a previous fire on Sunday were not yet complete and there are fears that it could also be an arson attack despite school management insisting on an electric fault.

There are fears that the performance of the school in this year’s KCSE will deteriorate.

Late last month, eight girls died after a dormitory caught fire at St Theresa’s Asumbi Girls Boarding Primary in Homa Bay County.

The girls died as they screamed for help as the inferno raged. But they would not escape as the door of the hostel was reportedly locked from outside.

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