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Millions lost as fire guts dormitory in Mukono

Forest Hill College in Mukono district is counting losses after a fire misfortune which caught a dormitory on Thursday afternoon, destroying property worth millions of shillings (COURTESY PHOTO)

MUKONO: Fire gutted a boy’s dormitory at Forest Hill College Mukono at Namawojjolo in Mukono district Thursday afternoon destroying student’s properties worth Ugx 800M.

The incident happened when the students had gone in the field for sports practice in preparation for the school’s Sports Day slated for Saturday, April 6.

“It was raining and everybody was in the field. I received a phone call from one of my staff and then we rushed back and saw a fire at the dormitory,” said Jane Were, headteacher

Ms Were further revealed that the dormitory accommodates about 225 students of classes S3 to S6.

With no student reported missing or dead due to the fire, the fire engulfed a whole building destroying beds, mattresses and students’ personal items.

The Fire brigade arrived at the scene when they had put out the fire with the help of the rain.

The area Councillor Godfrey Nyanzi one of the people who helped in putting out the fire said: “ What annoys me the most is that the Fire bridge arrived when they had put out most of the fire.”

Oc Fire Bridge Mukono District Conrad Byomugabe said: “We came but found the building already been put down by the fire.”

Ms. Were said: “As of now, I don’t know the cause of the fire but we’re waiting for police report after investigations .”

She asked parents to pick up their children for they do not have clothing or shelter subsequent to the fire thus cancelling the Sports Day

She also said that the school will tentatively provide their students with essentials like mistresses, blankets, bedsheets as they work out a last-solution.

The school management revealed that they expect the students to return Monday, April 8 to resume lessons.

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