(UE) Nov. 28, GNA - Fire gutted a boys' dormitory block of the Zebilla Senior
High Technical School in the Bawku West District of the Upper East Region on
Friday, destroying the entire building and belongings of 436 students.
The items destroyed included beds, mattresses, boxes, personal belongings and books. Also destroyed were some school property and the block housing a security office, ironing room and bath house of the students.
Mr Simon Anyan, District Chief Executive, (DCE) who was at the scene, said the fire was so intense they had to call the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) from Bawku to help their colleagues in Zebilla, and their timely intervention prevented the fire from spreading to other buildings of the school.
He said the Assembly was collaborating with the school, the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and stakeholders, to put up temporal measures to ensure the smooth-running of classes.
Chief Superintendent Tefourtor Kaletsi, Bawku West District Police Commander, who was at the scene, described the fire as intense, and the damage to the block, very serious, giving the assurance that expert investigations would be carried out.
Mrs Catherine Mbun, Head mistress of the school, who briefed the Ghana News Agency on the incident, said the fire started at about 07.40 hours when classes were going on.
According to her, students and teachers noticed smoke emanating from the dormitory, and called the Fire Service, but by the time they got there, the fire had spread throughout the block.
She said temporal arrangement was being made to convert the classrooms for the boys to use as dormitory.
She said the school was already constrained with accommodation, and appealed to philanthropists and the general public to come to their aid.