According to reports, four students from New Crest Junior at Kibedi day and boarding primary died and three others were injured last Saturday morning when the school girls’ dormitory caught fire at around 3:30 a.m.
Police have arrested four people, including the headmaster, warden, and on-duty teacher, to investigate the circumstances surrounding the deaths of four students who were burned to death after a school dormitory in Kawempe caught fire.
In a press conference on Monday, Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said preliminary investigations show that New Crest Junior school management was negligent. This however could have escalated the situation after the dormitory caught fire.
“The dormitory housing 53 pupils was congested with three decker beds . There was small space in corridors for pupils to find their way out in case of any incident. Bags and clothes were thrown all over the dormitory. There were no fire extinguishers and fire alarms,” Enanga said.
According to the police spokesperson, preliminary investigations have also revealed that within the main dormitory was a smaller room where the matron and a couple of other students slept, and it was from here that the fire began.
Enanga stated that because the room was small, the deceased students could have suffocated.
“This small room trapped young children who suffocated and got burnt beyond recognition.”
However, the police publicist stated that when the fire started, the matron and askari assisted in evacuating a number of students who were trapped inside the dormitory.