- The whole Administration block in which the computer lab is attached to has been badly weakened by the fire
- Property worth over Shs 35 million has been destroyed in the fire
- The school has no firefighting equipment which could help in putting off the fire
- Items like 16 computers, new unused iron sheets, 80 plastic chairs, rolls of barbed wires, 8 solar panels with three batteries, bicycle and many other items in the room were burnt
Yumbe- Kuru Secondary School in Yumbe district has lost items worth Shs 35million in a fire that gutted the Computer Laboratory.
The incident occurred on Sunday shortly after the students had gone to bed. Items such as 16 computers, new unused iron sheets, 80 plastic chairs, rolls of barbed wires, 8 solar panels with three batteries, bicycle and many other items in the room were burnt.
Mr Abdul Yahaya, the deputy head teacher of the school said the cause of the fire is not yet known but the incident happened when there was no body in the room.
He said the computer room was last used on Tuesday for computer Examinations but nobody used the lab after that.
“We use Wenreco, generator and solar as sources of power in the school but in most cases at night we use generator when Wenreco power is not there so we don’t know whether it was something done malicious by somebody or electrical fault,”
But Mr Yahaya added that: “We got a certain bottle with liquid in the room which is suspected to have been thrown through the window of the Laboratory because the glass of the window was broken but for the case of the suspected electrical fault, one of the Wenreco technicians who visited the scene assured us of the cause of the fire been from a different source because if it were to be electrical fault, it would have been detected,” he said.
Watchmen who were on duty at night noticed the fire when it had already reached the roof of the building. The students rescued the items from other rooms but nothing was removed from the computer Laboratory as they were overpowered by the fire.
Recently, school administrators were tasked by the Ministry of Education and Sports to purchase and install fire extinguishers in schools after sporadic cases of fire incidences in schools.
Mr Victor Anyanda the officer in charge of Kuru Police post said: “There were no firefighting equipment to put off the fire but we decided to use water and plant leaves to put off the fire otherwise the whole Administration block would have burnt. We have not yet established the cause of the fire but we are still investigating the matter,” he said.