Property worth millions lost as fire reduces school to ashes

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BY SANDRA CHUMBA

Property worth millions of shillings has been reduced to ashes after fire razed down the administration block and food store of Chesogor Secondary School, Ainabkoi Constituency.

The fire began at 3.00am in the morning in the administration block spreading to the food store and finally to the computer laboratory.

According to the school principal, Ms Salina Nabruk the fire destroyed all school records since her establishment including the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) certificates belonging to former students who had not picked them.

“All the food in the store was burnt. The ICT room with all the computers and printers also burnt down. Area residents raised alarm and tried putting off the fire with sand and water but there efforts didn’t bear fruits,” the Principal said.

He said they called fire fighters from Eldoret town that arrived when the fire has already burnt down 75 per cent of the building.

The principal further said that they suspect the fire was started by 2015 KCSE candidates who were not in good books with the administration.

“The students demanded that the administration provides them with KCSE leakage but we declined their request.  We had also confiscated their phones during the exam period and promised to revenge later,” he said.

He appealed to the County Government of Uasin Gishu to help the school in erecting new structures before January next year saying they lost everything.

Ainabkoi Member of Parliament William Chepkut asked the police to speed up with their investigations in a bid to bring to book the suspects who started the at the school.

Uasin Gishu County police commander Augustine Ndumbi said police have launched investigations into the matter.