Fire guts boarding school
17 October 2017
Banket Primary School was on Sunday evening destroyed by fire which is suspected to have emanated from an electrical fault.
Mashonaland West Education Provincial Director Sylvestor Mashayamombe confirmed the incident saying the school’s girl hostel was gutted by fire on Sunday around 8.00 pm and no one died in the inferno.
“We thank God that none of the students was injured or killed, when we arrived at the scene all the children had been evacuated from the hostel though most of them lost their valuables in the inferno obviously they could not run away with anything,” he said.
Mashayamombe expressed gratitude to Banket residents saying they played a very big role in stopping the fire,
‘‘I thank the local people for calming the fire because there was no fire brigade I just saw a vehicle from banket which was said to be with a tanker, it also helped a lot in stopping the fire,” he said.
He added that the cause of the fire is still under investigations and all the responsible authorities with the help of the Schools Psychological Services are already on the scene to determine whether the school needs renovation or restructuring.
Mashayamombe said the Ministry had since asked the parents of the boarders to collect their children from the school until their accommodation gets reliably secured. However he said school will proceed as usual because it is not the whole school that was destroyed.
(Report by Fortunate Gora in Chinhoyi)