Student Injured in Kitintale Progressive School Dormitory Fire

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Deputy Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, said detectives from Kitintale police station have been tasked to probe the cause of the fire that left one student only identified as Omoro nursing wounds.

Kitintale police station has embarked on investigations to establish the cause of the fire that razed down Kitintale Progressive School boys' dormitory on Friday night.

Deputy Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, said detectives from Kitintale police station have been tasked to probe the cause of the fire that left one student only identified as Omoro nursing wounds.

Owoyesigyire said a case file on CRB 68/19 has been opened with the intent of finding the cause since it could not be readily established whether it was a spark or arson.

From the scene, police discovered that one dormitory housing S.3 and S.4 students caught fire while the students were in class for prep. The victim was the only one in the dormitory for unknown reasons.

"The student that had been in the dormitory sustained injuries and he is currently receiving treatment at St Benedict Hospital. He claims to have first heard electricity sparks before a big fire emerged," Owoyesigyire said.

A teacher who preferred anonymity said the burnt dormitory houses accommodates 70 students and thus a number of their properties were destroyed before fire was put off by the police fire brigade.

"So far, it is suspected that the cause of fire outbreak could have been electricity basing on what the injured students say. The scene was visited by a team of officers from forensic, fire and rescue, Umeme and other police officers. Investigations still on-going and you shall be updated on the developments," Owoyesigyire said.

Aminah Nalule, a neighbour recounted that she saw the affected student falling down and he was collected and rushed to hospital. Nalule said the student had severe fire burns and part of his skin was peeling off.

Kitintale Progressive fire comes a day after police in Mukono started investigations to understand the cause of the fire which gutted the boys' dormitory at Forest Hill College, located at Namawojjolo, Nama Sub County in Mukono district.

Forest Hill College fire reportedly started at 2:00 pm on Thursday at the time when students were in their music, dance and drama preparations ahead of the forthcoming school's sports day that was slated for today April 6.



At least 200 students from Senior Three and Senior Six were left stranded after their property was reduced to ashes. Late last year, fire killed 10 students at St Bernard's Manya in Rakai District.  

 

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Kato Joseph
Joseph Kato is an investigative journalist with experience stretching from 2014 when he started professional journalism. His areas of specialty is in crime, security and human reporting. e has won two journalism awards particularly in reporting about rights for children and victims of security brutality.