Fire Guts Juma Alhamil Boys Dormitory

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The fire which began at 10:00 pm on Tuesday destroyed the dormitory block housing over 150 boys of Primary five and six. Several suitcases, books and mattresses were all burnt to ash.

Fire has gutted a boys' dormitory at Juma Alhamil Education Centre in Buwenge town council, Jinja district.



The fire which began at 10:00 pm on Tuesday destroyed the dormitory block housing over 150 boys of Primary five and six.   Several suitcases, books and mattresses were also destroyed.


The police fire brigade delayed to put out the fire due to lack of an access route. They spent three hours pleading with the neighbors of the school to provide an access route.

The residents later agreed to demolish some of their houses to allow fire brigade access the school.



Saleh Mugulusi, the dormitory warden, says that the torched parts of the school lack hydroelectric power connection and was relying on solar.  Mugulusi further says that they suspect a case of arson by unknown people.



//cue in: "wazila…

Cue out…masanalaze,"



Abdullah Mohammed, the school headteacher says that the fire broke out when the pupils were in class for prep.


//cue in: "ntuse…

Cue out…balamu,"



Collins Agaba, the Kiira Regional Fire and Rescue services officer says that investigations are underway to establish the cause of the fire.



He says that a closed meeting has been held between district education officials and members of the school management committee who agreed to improvise dormitory space in some of the teachers' quarters to enable smooth running of the routine school programs.