Fire Crisis: Langata High School Goes Down In Flames (Photos, Videos)


Some fresh cases of school fire crisis have been reported at K’Odero Obara Boys’ Secondary School in Rongo, Migori county on Monday.

A student had stayed in dormitory when others left for morning preps. Principal Jim Agutu said he students ran for help when they overheard the lone student screaming through a window.

Fire engines from Sony Sugar Company were used to put out the fire, but not before it had completely destroyed the dormitory. Students who spoke to the press said the fire may have been started by locals who had threatened to burn the school.

In Trans Nzoia county, a dormitory was also burned to ashes at  Kapsara Secondary School on Sunday night. This is happening after fire scorched two secondary schools, Langata High and Ruiga Girls yesterday.

Langata High school in Nairobi County and Ruiga Girls which is in Meru both caught fire recently, adding to the fire incidents occurring in schools in recent times. Langata OCPD Elijah Maina confirmed the Langata fire while Kenya Red Cross confirmed the Ruiga fire.

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People were evacuated from the dormitory in Lang’ata High School during the fire outbreak but 15 students suffered minor injuries. He said:

“Most of them had scratches while others had inhaled too much smoke. But all of them were treated by the emergency care at the school and discharged.”

The facility had four wings with a capacity of 200. Three of the wings were razed by the fire that reportedly began at around 7pm.

Nairobi County Police Commandant Japheth Koome said that two fire engines were deployed to the institution to extinguish the fire.

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He added that the fire was quenched at around 8:48pm. The fire broke out yesterday and enveloped the schools moments afterwards.

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According to him, the fire kept swelling up and towering columns of smoke could be seen from miles away. Fighting the fire was a little bit of a challenge as the fire burned in multiple different directions. But it was later put out by Nairobi County fire brigade.