By Fred Kiva
RAKAI. Four students and a dormitory warden have been arrested in connection with the inferno at St Bernard Secondary School Manya in Rakai District.
According to earlier reports from Police, nine students died in the Sunday night fire at the Senior Three Dormitory. Deputy Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango says 15 students were critically burnt, while 25 others sustained minor fire burns. The victims are admitted at Kitovu Hospital.
Although Onyango did not give particulars of the arrested students, in an earlier statement Police said they suspect some of the S.4 students expelled from the school recently could be behind the incident.
The ten students were expelled because of indiscipline.
“One of these students has been apprehended for interrogation as investigations into the cause of the fire and its ugly effects continue,” police said in an earlier statement on Monday.
This is the third school fire in Masaka sub region this year.
On June 2, fire gutted a dormitory at Bishop Ddungu Primary School in Lwengo District and pupils’ property worth millions was reduced to ashes.
In March, fire also gutted a dormitory at Greenhill Primary School in Kifuuta village, Kitanda Sub-County in Bukomansimbi District, destroying valuable pupils’ property.
The most devastating school fire occurred at Budo Junior School on April 14, 2008 leaving 18 pupils and two adults dead.