Over 200 students were last night rescued from fire that gutted a boy’s dormitory at Masaka secondary schools in Masaka municipality.
The fire whose cause is still unknown started after midnight when majority of the students were back from preps and were sleeping.
Eyewitnesses say they had something like an explosion inside the dormitory sealing before fire spread and destroyed the entire block of the dormitory.
Survivors told Uganda Radio Network that they don’t know what the cause of the fire is. They say they were asleep when they had fellow students shouting. The students lost books, clothes, mattresses among other items.
One of the teachers at Masaka secondary school who declined to reveal his identities because the school management stopped them to disclose anything to the media said the affected dormitory accommodated over 200 students. He said they all escaped and survived being burnt in the fire.
One of the fire police officer who rushed to the scene says by the time they reached, the dormitory was nearly burnt down by fire. He suspects the school fidgeted with the fire before calling for fire tender to put it out.
Ibin Ssenkumbi, the greater Masaka region police spokesperson has confirmed the fire outbreak. He says they found most of the property within the dormitory destroyed but he says there was no casualty.
He says police suspects the fire was caused by short circuit although he cannot entirely rule out foul play.
The school management has however blocked Uganda Radio Network from visiting the scene of the fire saying it is not necessary.
Masaka secondary school has deployed guards at the school gate stopping unauthorized people from visiting the school after the fire.
Hajj Musoke Mpungu, the Masaka Secondary school head teacher has not yet commented on the fire outbreak.
Uganda Radio Network has seen students gathering at the school compound .
In 2007, students of Masaka secondary school set on fire a school staff room over Dstv.
They also set on fire the television sets accusing the school of poor meals and failure to show them premier League. Over 200 students were expelled from the school that year over the riot.