Tana River,KENYA:Property worth thousands shillings was lost after one of the dormitories at Hola boys caught fire on the eve of Sunday.
Speaking to journalists during a media briefing on Sunday, the chairman for the school board of management Mr. Khalif Bahola said over a hundred students in the school who were being accommodated in the dormitory lost their belongings to the inferno.
According to Mr. Bahola no one was injured because the students were busy in their night preps when the fire broke out.
The BOM chairman termed the incident as bad luck saying such an incident last happened in the 1990’0s.
“. The students lack mattresses and other important items. We are making arrangements to make sure the students don’t miss lessons,” said Mr. Bahola.
Mr. Bahola said the cause of the fire is yet to be established but investigations into the incident were ongoing.
He further urged the parents to pay a visit to the students for consolation.
School watchman who witnessed the incident but requested anonymity said he heard a loud explosion before he saw a huge inferno.
“It’s was at 9pm when I heard the something exploding from the dormitory and when I went to check I saw one of the dormitories on fire. Together with the students we tried to put off the fire but we didn’t succeed,” the watchman said.
Tana River sub county education officer Mr. Abdul Aziz said the education department together with other stakeholders was making arrangements to make sure the students are provided with the required items so as to avoid disrupting their studies.
Aziz added that the county health department would provide mosquito nets to the victims and if possible provide counseling through its experts.
“We want to request the health department to give to the students mosquito nets while our department can provide mattresses to the affected students,” he said.