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Fire guts Naalya SS boys' dormitory

Fire has gutted a boys' dormitory at Naalya secondary school, Namugongo campus. 

The fire is believed to have started at 7:00pm. Many parents converged outside the gate demanding to see their children but were denied entrance by the security guards. 

Flavia Nalweyiso, a parent says that she arrived at the school at 7:30pm, but was denied to see her son who is in S.3.  

Ernest Mukasa, the LC III chairperson Namugongo Division, who was the only outsider allowed inside the school, says that some students who fainted as a result of the smoke have been admitted at Malcolm health care centre and TMR clinic in Naalya Housing Estate.

A URN reporter at Malcom said that 24 students were hospitalised at the facility and 15 are admitted at TMR.  

"The fire that broke out at Naalya SS Namugongo campus on the second floor in the boys' dormitory has been extinguished . The situation at the school is now normal and calm. No student was injured. No death registered." said deputy police spokesperson Patrick Onyango. 

"Parents are advised to check on their children tomorrow. Police will not allow anybody to enter the school premises today because we do not know who is who at this time. Some wrong elements may take the advantage and enter the school premises." he added. 

The school administration is yet to comment on the fire outbreak. In 2004, Francis Obukwi then aged 16 was burnt to death a boys' dormitory was gutted by fire in suspected arson. 

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0 #1 kabayekka 2018-10-21 07:38
One doubts if these dormitory buildings have any modern fire safety systems. And this paper of the Observer seem to be siding with such carelessness in the so called expensive schools in this country.

If a child of the concerned parents died, then perhaps this paper would put this story differently. The parents deserve a deeper report on this terrible accident.
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