New Details Emerge on Ofafa Jericho School Fire

  • Undated file image of a building on fire
    Undated file image of a building on fire
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  • New details have emerged on the Monday, September 20, school fire that left 50 students of Ofafa Jericho High School hospitalised.

    A police report seen by Kenyans.co.ke indicated that prior to the incident, the teacher on duty mobilised students to attend evening studies but some defied the order and remained in the dormitory.

    On noticing this, the teacher on duty went back and forced them out. One student, however, sneaked back and torched one cube which houses 20 students.

    Entrance of the Ofafa Jericho High School in Nairobi
    Entrance of the Ofafa Jericho High School in Nairobi
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    "Several students properties and personal effects were destroyed. Staff and some of the students helped put off the fire before it spread to other cubes," reads the police report in part. 

    The police report indicates that interrogations are underway even as they try and identify if there were other accomplices to the crime.

    At least 50 students suffered severe smoke inhalation while putting out the fire. They were later admitted at the Metropolitan Hospital in Buruburu, Nairobi.

    Metropolitan Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Dr Kanyenje Gakombe, however stated that no student got burn injuries.

    "We received 50 young men reported to have been in a fire incident at their school. They tried to put out the fire and in the process inhaled the smoke. Most of them have suffered smoke inhalation attacks," he stated.

    Additionally, Gakombe noted that some students would need admission at the hospital for 24 hours for monitoring but noted that all of them were out of danger.

    In recent weeks, there has been a worrying trend of school fires and property destruction resulting in massive losses in terms of infrastructure.

    Since the beginning of August, learning has been halted temporarily in a number of schools as a result of disruptions.

    A razed dormitory at Kairi Boys High School in Gatundu North
    A razed dormitory at Kairi Boys High School in Gatundu North
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