Buruburu Girls School on Fire

A dormitory in Buruburu Girls in Makadara Constituency, Nairobi County on fire on Sunday, October 31.
A dormitory in Buruburu Girls in Makadara Constituency, Nairobi County on fire on Sunday, October 31.
The Standard

UPDATE: Sunday, October 31, 9pm: The number of students injured during the Buruburu Girls School fire had risen to 59. All were in stable condition and were rushed to nearby hospitals for medical care.

A fire broke out at a dormitory at Buruburu Girls High School in Makadara Constituency, Nairobi County on Sunday evening, October 31.

Reports indicate that several students were feared to have been trapped in the dormitory. Further, videos circulating online showed nearby residents gazing frantically at the razed dormitory as some students were seen escaping through the windows.

Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, Nairobi police boss Augustine Nthumbi affirmed that police officers and firefighters were already deployed at the scene.

Fire fighters trying to put out a fire
File image of firefighters responding to an emergency call

OCPD Embakasi Francis Ngugi affirmed that about 20 students had been hospitalized after the incident. 

"About 20 students who received injuries caused either by choking or minor burns have been taken to hospital. However, there were no grave injuries," he noted.

Ngugi stated that it took about two hours for the police to put out the fire but assured parents that their children were safe- pointing out that only property was damaged in the evening fire.

"In regards to the cause of the fire, it is subject to investigation as it is yet to be identified," he stated.

In the recent past, schools in various counties were the subject of discussions after reports of school fires have become rampant. This has caused sections of netizens to raise concerns and urge police officers to issue prompt emergency services. 

For instance, a section of parents stormed Sigalame Boys Secondary school in Busia County due to an upsurge in fire incidences this year- a record four fires in 54 days. The parents sought to know the causes of these fires and the approach to be taken by the school in a bid to prevent future emergencies.

Further, the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) ordered the students to stay home until investigations into the matter were concluded.


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