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Fire Guts Iganga School Dormitory

The students told journalists that while in their classroom, they noticed a huge cloud of smoke coming from their dormitory, and rushed to check what was happening only to find fire spreading rapidly.
Part of the burnt dormitory.

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Fire has gutted the senior four girls’ dormitory at ‘Uthman Bin Afani Islamic Institute,  in Nakalama West village in Nakalama sub-county in Iganga district. The fire is said to have broken out on Thursday afternoon when most students were attending classes.

Eight girls who were resting in the dormitory were rescued uninjured. The dormitory was home to 84 students. The fire destroyed the student's property including mattresses, clothing, and books. The students told journalists that while in their classroom, they noticed a huge cloud of smoke coming from their dormitory, and rushed to check what was happening only to find fire spreading rapidly. 

According to the students, they teamed up with the community members and personnel from the Police Fire and Rescue Department to prevent the fire from spreading to the surrounding buildings. A student told our reporter on condition of anonymity that they lost all their books, which might affect their revision routine. 

//Cue in: “iffe tubaile… 

Cue out…kukola bibuuzo,”//

The school head teacher, Faishar Kakaire says that their school last registered a fire outbreak in 2015 and preliminary findings indicated that it resulted from a short circuit. Kakaire has called upon the Ministry of Education to earmark a rescue fund to help schools recover from unforeseen disasters like fire, and floods, among others.

//Cue in: “Tusaba… 

Cue out…okusingila ilala,”//

The Busoga East police spokesperson, Diana Nandawula says that the cause of the fire is not yet known. She, however, says that preliminary information indicates that some students were illegally cooking food within the dormitory and one of the abandoned charcoal stoves is suspected to have led to the fire. Nandawula adds that a team of detectives is on the ground to expedite inquiries on the same.  

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