Night fire consumes St. Brigid’s girls’ high school dormitory in Kiminini

An inferno engulfed a section of a two floors dormitory of St Brigid's girls' national school in Trans Nzoia County

By Sirengo Namasaka in Trans Nzoia

Property of unknown value was destroyed by an inferno that engulfed a section of a two floors dormitory of St Brigid’s girls’ national school in Trans Nzoia County. Kiminini Deputy County Commissioner Henry Metto confirmed the incident saying that the cause of the night inferno has not been established.

He said the fire started at around 2 pm when students were in class, no one was injured. ” The cause of the inferno is yet to be established, investigations into the incident have been launched”, he told The Weekly Vision. The school’s principal Ms Inviolata Lukorito said the fire was contained and thanked the county government’s fire brigade and the Khetia group of companies for responding on time.

She said an assessment will be done to determine the cause of the fire and the magnitude of damage. “As much as some of our girls lost their belongings, we’re happy that all of them are safe, we shall assess this incident,” Lukorito said.

Parents interviewed by The Weekly Vision complained of being denied a chance to see their children. They said they had arrived at the school to assess the situation after the inferno gutted the dormitory which houses 64 students only to be denied a chance to speak to them

Some of the parents interviewed by The Weekly Vision complained of being denied a chance to see their children. They said they had arrived at the school to assess the situation after the inferno gutted the dormitory which houses 64 students only to be denied a chance to speak to their children, adding that they were in a panic at the time.

” We could not be allowed to see our girls because the principal had ordered the watchmen at the gate not to allow us entry. What kind of arrogance is this? The principal must have been aware of what was happening and it is the highest time the ministry removed her ”, said Mzee Paul Mwaniki.

Kitale Catholic Bishop Anthony Maurice Crowley called for calm saying the matter was being investigated. He said there was no need for panic from the parents since no one had been hurt and asked the government to assist the school to reconstruct the gutted down dormitory.

On her part, Trans Nzoia County Director of Education Dr Salome Maina told the girls not to panic and should instead concentrate on their studies. “We are all behind you as the County department of education. Forget what is behind you and focus on your studies to keep your school as the County Center of excellence,” Maina told the girls. Trans Nzoia county commissioner Sam Ojwang who visited the school said there was no need for panic and called for calm.

He read a message on behalf of the Rift Valley County coordinator George Natembeya who is a neighbour to the school and assured the community of the administrator’s support in rebuilding the gutted dormitory.

Trans Nzoia County police Commander Jacinda Abuoyo said officers from the ministry of public works and Kenya Power have already visited the school for an assessment.

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