A night fire burnt down a dormitory at Mariakani Secondary School in Kilifi County on Saturday February 3, 2024.
According to the Kenya Red Cross, the fire was successfully contained after razing the 150-capacity dormitory.
“In response to a fire incident at Mariakani Secondary School in Kilifi County, a 150-capacity dormitory has been affected. The fire has been successfully contained with the support of the county fire brigade team and community members,” said Red Cross.
Kenya Red Cross however revealed that no casualties were reported, and it will continue to offer psychosocial services at the institution.
“Thankfully, no casualties have been reported. Our team in Kilifi will conduct a needs assessment and provide psychosocial support services,” added the fast responders.
This marks the fifth fire incident that the Redcross team has responded to in the last one week.
2 Dormitories Burnt
Two dormitories were also burnt down at Kipsigak Boys High School in Nandi County on the same night.
Reports indicate that students attempted to burn the same dormitories a week ago, but the security guards thwarted the plans.
Fire engines from the county government arrived at the scene to put out the inferno. Nonetheless, police officers are still investigating the incident.
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Riomego School Fire
Riomego Boarding Primary School in Nyamira County experienced three fire incidents between Thursday February 1 and Saturday February 3.
A dormitory was burnt down on Thursday at 3:00pm while another one caught fire the same day at 7pm.
On Thursday, Kenya Redcross Team confirmed the fire and sent a response team to Riomego.
“Riomego Boarding School in Nyamira County is facing a fire emergency. Our response team is actively engaged in response efforts and working to address the situation,” said Red Cross.
Leaders from the region asked the authorities to investigate the causes of school fires after the school experienced the same incident on Saturday.
St.Johns Girls Secondary School
Similarly, St.Johns Girls Secondary School in Kilifi County was also temporarily closed down after a fire brought down a dormitory.
The fire broke out on the Wednesday, January 31 leaving the school with huge losses.
Kaloleni MP Paul Katana confirmed the incident explaining that the school decided to send the students home over the weekend so that they can relax after the trauma.
“I was told that the students were still in class, so far no one has been affected and we thank God for that. I also want to laud the County government for its efforts in sending a fire brigade to quell the inferno,” he said.
Previously, two dormitories were burnt down at Nyakoiba Mixed Secondary School in Kisii County on January 13, 2024.