Uganda: College Dormitories Razed Down

The fire also destroyed students' property, including books, suit cases, beddings and clothes.

Uganda: College Dormitories Razed Down

A fire razed down one of the dormitories of Standard College Ntungamo in Southern Uganda on Thursday morning. The fire also destroyed students' property, including books, suit cases, beddings and clothes. Five female students are admitted at Ntungamo family clinic. 

According to the district police commander, Geoffrey Orochi, the fire began at around midnight and they responded on time and tried to put off the fire but it was too much. However, they managed to put out the fire before it spread to other dormitories and offices housed under the same building.

It is alleged that the dormitories which houses the senior 4 girls' students had been locked from outside by the security guards to prevent the girls from accessing classrooms where the male students were having preps. According to one student the students started the fire in protest from inside the dormitory so as to attract the security guards' attention.

A security guard at the school confirmed that they always locked the female students inside the hostels at night to avoid interacting with their male counterparts, adding that on the fateful night, the girls added an extra lock from inside before putting the dormitory on fire in protest. They are alleged to have used petrol to start the fire. Police in Ntungamo are holding 32 students of Standard College Ntungamo for thought to be behind the burning of the school dormitory as investigations continue on the cause of the fire.

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