Fire has gutted Kabale Universal Nursery and Primary School in Kekubo in Central Division of Kabale municipality claiming the life of Adrine Arinda, a primary seven pupil.
The fire broke out at 07:30pm on Monday evening destroying the girl’s dormitory, administration block and property worth millions of shillings including pupil’s property, furniture, beddings, office documents and computers.
Two teachers who were on night duty attribute the fire outbreak on a short circuit. The teachers told this publication on condition of anonymity that they saw sparks on the wires in the corner of the burnt dormitory before it started spreading to the pupil’s beddings.
They claim most of the pupils ran for dear life as they were preparing to go for night preps when the fire started. Arinda was lying in bed ill and couldn’t run to safety.
The Police fire team rushed to the school to contain the fire from spreading to other buildings but ran out of water. The fire tender had to rush to National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) to fetch more water.
John Byabagambi, the Principal Education Officer Kabale Municipality describes the incident as unfortunate and blames the school administration for installing burglar proof windows in the dormitories, which hampered rescue efforts.
Ely Maate, the Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson, says Arinda succumbed to burns minutes after being rushed to at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital.
He says they have commenced investigations to ascertain the cause of the fire outbreak. The School Director, Drake Kisheija couldn’t be reached for comment by the time of filing this story as he was away from the school.