There have been rampant fire accidents in the secondary and primary schools in Kenya. Some of these accidents target learners’ dormitories. While the causes have always been accidental, others are caused by other ill motive learners who are just after personal reasons. Some of the fire accidents have always been nonfatal while others have been so deadly involving losing many lives. Here is a list of some of the most dangerous fire accidents in school dormitories;
- Kyanguli Mixed Secondary School
Kyanguli is located in Machakos County. A group of students burnt down a dormitory in the school in 2001 and it has remained as the worst school fire accident in Kenya. Over 63 students were burnt to death. Court later awarded the parents of those who lost their lives ksh. 40 million in 2016.
- Bombulu Girls Secondary School
Bombolulu girls is now known as Mazeras Memorial Secondary School in Kwale. A total of 26 girls lost their lives in 1998 in a deadly fire accident.
- Asumbi Girls Boarding Primary School
This school is located in Homa Bay county. In the 2012 incident, eight learners lost their lives after a dormitory fire accident believed to have been caused by faulty electricity.
- Moi Girls School Nairobi
A dormitory in Moi Girls Nairobi caught fire in 2017 killing 7 students including one student who was helping the stranded students to escape.
- Nyeri School
This incident took lives of four school prefects in 1999 just a year after the Bombolulu girls high school incident. The fire is believed to had been started by fellow students who were suspended and so were on a revenge mission.
- Stephjoy Boys High School
Two boys from this school located in Kiambu County lost their lives in August 2015 incident.
Fire incidents in schools should be avoided by all means so as to protect the lives of learners. Schools are required to put in place a lot of security measures to avert possible fire accidents.