Gulu: Fire Burns Dormitory at Sir Samuel Baker School Destroying Property

The dormitory at Sir Samuel Baker School in Gulu which was gutted by fire.

A dormitory at Sir Samuel Baker School in Gulu district has been razed down by fire. The fire is said to have broken out at around 5am Wednesday morning.

“We recieved information about the fire outbreak at 5am in the morning and police fire brigade rushed out to make a rescue ” said, Jimmy Patrick Okema the Police spokesperson for Aswa region.

He said Police managed to get on the scene of the incident on time but the magnitude of the damaged was grave.

Police say there were no injuries recorded apart from property like beddings that burnt to ashes.

Okema further revealed that the cause of the fire is not known but Police is ground doing investigations.

This is the second fire incident in Gulu district following another fire incident that occurred on February 6 at Gulu Primary school which left property damaged.

“The fire incident is assumed to be a deliberate action by a group of people who had been discontinued from work,” Okema said.

Last week, Police reported that a total of 30 fire incidents have been recorded since the beginning of the year, leaving at least 15 people dead, majority of them children.

A report by the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) of the Police states that out of the 30 fire incidents, 11 were fire outbreaks, 9 were cases of arson, 8 were fire outbreaks causing death, 1 case was arson causing death while another 1 case was suspected arson.

The fires gutted residences, shops, a bush, schools, a hospital, a commercial property, market and a coffee factory.

Majority of the deaths resulting from the 30 fire incidents are children. In total, 12 children have lost their lives in fires since January this year.

Other learning institutions that have had fire incidents this year include St Jude Primary School (Nakasongola), Kampala City Academy (Najjanankumbi), Kapchella Junior Academy (Kapchorwa) and Ssembabule Parents Primary School (Ssembabule).

Last week, Police spokesperson, CP Fred Enanga reminded the territorial commanders and school inspectors to enforce the guidelines on safety and fire prevention especially in schools.

He also cautioned school authorities to be vigilant especially regarding students, teachers and other employees who leave the school on bad terms and are likely to harbor ill intentions against the school. Enanga said schools must educate the students and pupils on their role in preventing such accidents.

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