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28.01.2016 Regional News

Students Sent Home, After Fire Outbreak

By Ransford Antwi
Students Sent Home, After Fire Outbreak
LISTEN JAN 28, 2016

About 60 male students of the Berekum Senior High School (BESS) in the Brong Ahafo Region, have been sent home to overcome the trauma of loosing all their belongings due to a fire outbreak in the school, last Friday, January 22nd, 2016.

Briefing newsmen on the situation at the school on Tuesday, Mr. Ebenezer Kwegyir Ayensu, Headmaster of the school said in view of the acute accommodation deficit and to allow for re-conditioning due to the traumatic experience, the affected students were dispatched to their various homes, while efforts were being made to resettle them on campus as soon as possible to continue with their studies.

Mr. Ayensu used the occasion to appeal to individual philanthropist, old students, corporate bodies and the Berekum Municipal Assembly, to come to the aid of the school in this difficult moments. He enumerated Blankets, mattresses, bedsheet, beds and books as some of items heeded urgently to resettle the affected students.

The Headmaster commended personnel of the Berekum Municipal Fire Service for their swift response and professionalism that helped to save the fire from escalating.

Rev. A.D.O Thomas Dzah, Berekum Municipal Operations Commander of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), said the fire was suspected to have been caused by an electrical fault and estimated the cost of damage at about Gh₵ 90,000. He said there was no casualty, since all the students were busily learning in the class rooms at the time of the incident, Rev. A.D.O Dzah urged the school authorities to intensify the regular monitoring of school facilities to avert any future disastrous occurrence.

Fire swept through four of the 10-room, one storey Boys’ Dormitory that houses over 400 students of BESS, on that faithful Friday at around 10:30 in the morning during classes hours.


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