Upper Hill Secondary School on Fire

  • A dormitory at the Upper Hill Secondary School in Nairobi was razed down by a fire that reportedly started out at around 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5.

    A video seen by Kenyans.co.ke showed clouds of smoke emanating from the institution located at the heart of the budding financial hub of Kenya's capital city.

    The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) responded to the incident, dispatching firefighters who managed to contain the fire within one hour.

    Smoke rising from the Upper Hill High School in Nairobi on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

    KRCS confirmed that there were no casualties though the cause the inferno was yet to be established.

    The incident at the institution comes within a span of five days after a fire destroyed several structures at the sprawling Gikomba Market in Nairobi on Saturday, February 1.

    A response team from the Kenya Red Cross yet again was at the scene helping contain the disastrous blaze that resulted in the massive loss of property. 

    Upper Hill Secondary School last experienced such a scenario more than a decade ago when a engulfed a dormitory packed with students on the morning of July 19, 2008.

    The accident claimed the life of a Form Three student who succumbed to serious burns sustained from the blaze as reported by Capital FM.

    A few other students were injured by the fire but later recuperated after undergoing treatment.

    An investigation into the accident resulted in the arraignment of 12 students as suspects of arson and malicious damage to property but denied the charges and later freed.

    Fires in secondary schools have been experienced across the country with the most recent incident reported at Uriri High School in Nyanza in June 2019.

    It was established that the students had burnt down a dormitory after the school's administration turned down their request to watch a soccer match that was between Kenya and Algeria during the 2019 African Cup of Nations.

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