Property worth more than 800,000 was destroyed after fire gut girls dormitory of Kairungu Mixed secondary school in Mwingi central sub-county when students were in for their evening preps last night.
Confirming the incident, Mwingi central sub-county police Commander, Peter Mutuma revealed to media houses that 39 beddings and personal effects of occupants were reduced to ashes, adding that nobody was injured.
Students in partnership with locals managed to prevent the fire from spreading to other buildings but the dormitory roof was partially destroyed, leaving the students with nowhere to sleep.
Mwingi police and DCI team have launched an investigation to get first-hand information on the cause of the fire
This comes as Mwingi central police commander Peter Mutuma asked principals to be vigilant and have surveillance teams in their schools to patrol when students are asleep and identify whether there are intruders who have been invading schools and setting them on fire.
The police commander advised students to focus on their studies and report instantly incidents of boycotting so as to ensure they do not give their parents the burden of paying for the destroyed school property.
“Fire cannot come from nowhere, there must be a cause, so we have talked to principals and asked them to have a surveillance team to monitor students and also check whether there are outsiders sneaking into school and cause fire,”Mutuma said.
He further encouraged them to ensure the dormitories are built according to directives of the ministry of education so that in case of an outbreak, students can escape immediately for their safety.
“We also advised them to have fire extinguisher experts so that, in case of fire they immediately act before others come to assist,” he added.
This came two days after several other school dormitories in Mwingi central; Mwingi boys and Broadway high school were burned.