Ten pupils burn to death, seven injured in Tanzania school fire
London, Sep. 14, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Ten pupils have died in a school fire in a dormitory in north-western Tanzania’s Kagera region.
Seven other pupils who sustained serious injuries have been hospitalised.
The dormitory was housing boys aged six to 10 years.
Police have started investigations and the cause of the fire is yet to be established.
The fire started at one of the dormitories of Byamungu English Medium Primary School in Kyerwa district at around 04:30 local time.
Kyerwa District Commissioner Rashid Mwaimu told the BBC that the bodies were burnt beyond recognition and will need DNA tests to confirm the victims’ identities.
“Most of the pupils trapped in the dormitory were rescued by police, the Tanzania Fire and Rescue Force (TFRF) and neighbors,” said Gaguti who was at the scene of the grisly accident.
Gaguti said the cause of the fire was yet to be established but he has formed a probe committee comprising of members from the police force, the Tanzania Electric Supply Company, the Tanzania Intelligence and Security Service and the TFRF.
“We hope the investigative team will be able to establish the cause of the fire,” said Gaguti, adding that the school has been shut down for seven days to pave way for the investigations
School fire tragedies happen often in the region and there are calls for authorities to enhance safety in the institutions.
In July, three students were killed in the main city, Dar es Salaam, after a dormitory at Ilala Islamic Secondary school caught fire.