Kabale School Fire Kills Pupil Top story

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The fire broke out at 07:30pm on Monday evening destroying the girls dormitory, administration block and property worth millions of Shillings including pupils property, furniture, beddings, office documents and computers.

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 URN on condition of anonymity that they saw sparks 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.
 
 
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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 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.


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Ely Maate, the Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson, says Arinda succumbed to burns minutes after being rushed to 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.
 

 

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Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.