Over 100 students of the Nyinahini Catholic SHS in the Ashanti region have been displaced following a fire outbreak in the boy’s dormitory.
The dormitory was razed in what is suspected to be arson by some students.
Items, including school uniforms, food boxes and other learning materials were destroyed.
According to fire officials, the fire started at about 7pm Friday at the boys’ dormitory. It happened on the blind side of school authorities while students were attending evening prayers.
Fire officers defied attacks and heckling by residents to prevent the fire from spreading. The Public Relations Officer at the Ashanti Command, DOIII Desmond Ackah, says two tenders from Nyinahin and Nkawie fire stations were at the fire ground to manage the raging fire.
“Fire was at its fully developed stage – it was spreading rapidly in all directions – when the first crew got to the fire scene. The entire block A building – six room boys dormitory – was caught up in flames.”
According to the fire officials, fire was brought under control as at 9.27 pm but fully extinguished by 10.33pm
The entire dormitory block A structure and its contents including student beds, mattress, clothing and other personal student effects, books, electrical fittings and fixtures, wooden ceilings, doors, windows, and roofing sheets got burnt by the fire.
A section of the rooms where the fire affected had severe roofs caved in.
Though, no student casualty was recorded, one firefighter was assaulted by unknown persons who fled the scene after the act during firefighting.
DOIII Ackah said the cause of fire is under investigation.
PTA Vice Chairman, Eric Kofi Peprah, says police had been prompted earlier of such an attack on the school. The police had begun patrolling the school on Thursday.
According to him, the patrol team were expected to start Friday’s patrol at 8pm.
Addressing the student body Saturday morning, headmistress of the school, Mrs Emma Amoateng Mensah, encouraged the students to stay calm.
She said there are arrangements to supply affected students with uniforms.
Nyinahinihene, Amampene Boateng Kyei the second, together with community leaders visited the school. The school wants those found culpable to be punished to serve as deterrent.
The district security council and management of the school have begun investigations into the incident.
Estimated cost of damage is yet to be assessed.
- Accra is second most expensive city in the world – Survey
- Complete abandoned E-block if you are frustrated – Akufo-Addo tells Aflao chief
- Shatta Wale has not been granted bail – Police
- Shatta Wale remanded in police custody for one week
- Lil Win unites with Funny Face at Kaneshie District Court
- Kofi Kinaata drops visuals for Thy Grace singles
- Ambassador to Italy, Eudora Quartey-Koranteng has died
- Prof Nana Aba Appiah Amfo is 1st female Vice-Chancellor of University of Ghana
- ‘I made a mistake’ – Akufo-Addo apologises for Cape Coast habour comment
- Google agrees to integrate Ghana’s GPS into Google map system – Bawumia
Finance Ministry owes DACF GH₵2 billion – Minority claims
CAF president Patrice Motsepe believes Ghana has what it takes to win the World Cup
Maame Broni: Ursula Owusu the ‘baby thief’
Mastercard Foundation appoints Rosy Fynn as country head for Ghana
CAF president Patrice Motsepe backs biennial World Cup
There is an extent to which government can help entrepreneurs – Deputy Finance Minister
Political parties must help forge national cohesion – NCCE
GNPC urged to increase its equity participation in oil and gas industry
R. Kelly was on suicide watch after conviction in New York
Transportation fares won’t be increased on Oct. 25 – GPRTU dismisses rumours
There’s no space for 499 students at Ghana Law School – Akufo-Addo
Henry Quartey initially didn’t want to be Greater Accra Regional Minister – Akufo-Addo
Facebook plans new group name to revamp image, says The Verge
NSS directors tours registration centers
Trump to launch new social media platform TRUTH Social