Fire Destroys High School in Kakamega (VIDEO)

Fire Burns Dorm at Musingu High School Kakamega County
Fire Burns Dorm at Musingu High School Kakamega County

A fire erupted on Wednesday, October 14 at a dormitory in Musingu High School, Kakamega County, just two days after students reported back to the institution.

A video seen by 254news.co.ke showed plumes of smoke emanating from the Oparanya hostel, named in honor of Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya.

Kakamega South Sub-county police commander Joseph Chesire told a Nation reporter that  residents are battling the inferno.

Musingu High School students watch helplessly as a dormitory goes up in flames on October 14, 2020
Musingu High School students watch helplessly as a dormitory goes up in flames on October 14, 2020. /DAILY NATION

254news.co.ke has learnt that the fire broke out at around 10 am. This is not the first time fire has razed down the dormitory.

“The students were busy in class when the fire broke out, so we believe they are all safe. We only managed to salvage a few items,” one of the respondents revealed.

Another resident, Rogers Anyika stated that it almost took two-three hours in order to contain the fire.

Learners watched helplessly as their personal belongings were reduced to ashes in the fire incident.

No casualties have been confirmed. The cause of the fire is yet to be established though various sources claim the fire could have been caused by an electric fault.

The incident came nearly eleven months after KCSE candidates in November 2019 witnessed one of their dormitories being razed down.

Former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale, was among the first leaders to visit the school to ensure that the students were okay to continue with their exams despite losing property in the fire.

Two months prior, another dormitory in the same school was razed down on September 9, 2019, leaving over 350 students counting losses and with no place to sleep.

The cause of the September fire detected at around 8.30 a.m. was not immediately established but luckily no student was injured.

School dormitory fires have become commonplace across the country, leading many parents to question the safety of their children whilst in boarding school.

Here’s the video of the fire:

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