Fire guts another school in Mbarara

The gutted school administration block

The gutted school administration block

Fire has broken out at Mbarara View high school in Katete, Mbarara City South Division in western Uganda, and burnt all the property in the administration block. The administration accommodates the head teacher's office, which as doubles as the staff room, library, and store of the school.

Samson Kasasira, the Rwizi Region police spokesperson, says that the fire broke out around 3.00 am this morning. Kasasira says the police fire and rescue team from Mbarara city responded to the scene and extinguished the fire before spreading to nearby buildings. No injuries have been registered.

Anthony Mugura, the school director says that they suspect three students who they suspended last week for indiscipline to be behind the fire. According to Mugura, they suspended the students after receiving a tip-off that they were inciting their colleagues to strike. He revealed that the administration requested additional security personnel from the police, who spent a week at school until last night when they left.

Mugura says it’s unfortunate that the incident came the night the police left the school. This is the second fire incident in Mbarara. It follows another fire that gutted the boys' dormitory at St. Andrews secondary school Rubindi in Mbarara district last week, which destroyed students' property. 

Kasasira says special investigations have been instituted to establish the real people behind the fires around the region and their motives.

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