Fire guts down dormitory at Musingu Boys

By Seliphar Musungu

Property of unknown value was reduced to ashes yesterday after a fire gutted down a dormitory at Musingu Boys High School.

According to the school principal, Bernard Toili, the fire started at 8.45am when the students were attending a church service, saying he was in Busia town for a meeting but rushed back after getting the news of the fire outbreak.

Mr Toili said workers at the school saw a huge smoke coming from the Oparanya Hostel that houses over 500 Form Four students and when they rushed to the scene, they found a huge fire burning the students’ mattresses.

The dormitory was constructed by the County Government of Kakamega and was commissioned by Governor Wycliffe Oparanya in May this year.

“The fire was so huge and we called the fire fighters from the county government who arrived in time and contained it. At least 120 students have lost everything in the inferno including books, beddings and other personal belongings,” said Mr Toili.

He said the fire might have been caused by an electricity fault, saying they have informed the management of the Kenya Power to carry out a thorough probe to establish the real cause of the fire.

Toili said no student was injured during the incident. “Though we don’t have enough space at the school, we will look for an alternative place to house the students since most of them are supposed to be sitting for this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).

The principal asked local leaders and well-wishers to come on board and help the school repair the dormitory on time in preparation for KCPE so that learning is not disrupted.

Toili also dismissed claims that the fire might have been started by the students over poor diet issues that the management had not addressed.

Kakamega Women Representative Elsie Muhanda who was among the leaders who rushed to the school promised to help the students in buying personal effects so that learning is not disrupted.

“We will sit with the management of Musingu Boys and assess the damage caused by the fire and pull resources together to have the dormitories repaired this week. We want the students to settle down since KCSE is around the corner,” said Ms Muhanda.

Ms Muhanda told the students to remain calm and desist from causing mayhem at the school, saying the situation was under control and that as elected leaders they will help them recover what was lost in the inferno.

Kakamega South Sub County Police Commander, Joseph Chesire, confirmed the incident saying they have launched investigations to establish what caused the fire.

Mr Chesire said they have deployed police officers at the school to maintain law and order as the management looks for an alternative place of housing the students.

En Kakamega county Woman Mp Elsie Muhanda(second left), parents and teachers asses damage coursed by fire which razed Musingu high school dormitory hostel on September 8, 2019. its suspected that the fire might have been coursed by electric fault.Over 160 students lost their school learning material. Muhanda donated some cash ds

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