, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 11 – A dormitory at the Buruburu Girls Secondary School caught fire on Wednesday night.
The fire, which destroyed the second floor of one of the three hostels, began a few minutes before 9pm and took more than one hour to contain it.
It took the combined effort of the G4S fire fighters and local residents to constrain the fierce fire, which threatened to raze the whole dormitory.
The light rain and breeze did not do much to help the situation as local residents complained of the slow response of the Nairobi fire department.
Although the cause of the fire was not immediately established, some claimed that it was an arson attack while others pointed a finger at the adjacent kitchen.
The school’s administration had a difficult time trying to calm down anxious parents who had flocked the institution demanding to see their daughters, ahead of the closing date set for this Friday.
One of the parents who spoke to Capital FM News said she could not allow her daughter to spend the night at the institution because it was not clear where she would sleep.
“I just had to see my daughter and I thank God she is safe. I will bring her back tomorrow morning,” said Yunia Amunga.
The students were in class for their evening studies when the fire started.
And although no student was harmed in the inferno, about eight girls had to be rushed to the hospital to get treated for shock.