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Fire disaster ravages students of Wa SecTech two days in a row


Students of the Wa Senior High Technical School in the Wa Municipality of the Upper West Region have been ravaged by a fire outbreak for the second time in two days.


A second females’ dormitory at the school has been guttered by fire on Monday night following Sunday’s night fire.


Sunday night’s fire destroyed a one-story building block, female occupied, causing damage to the belongings of the occupants of the said dormitory.


In just 24 hours, when students had been psyched to stay afloat in the face of the disaster, they have been greeted by yet another gruesome fire outbreak in another girls’ dormitory.


Some of the affected students could not bear the shocks of the incident and collapsed and were rushed to the Upper West Regional and Wa Municipal Hospitals for medical attention.


At about 9000 HRS when the Info Radio visited the Wa Municipal Hospital, 15 students were on admission and receiving treatment.


The Ghana Education Service (GES) Monday said it was collaborating with the Guidance and Counseling Units of the Upper West Regional and Wa Municipal Education Directorates to support the school to offer to counsel the affected students.


Divisional Officer grade one (DOI) Mr Eugene Asa-Gyekye, the Deputy Commander of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), Upper West Region, the two fire incidents mysteriously occurred almost at the same time on the two days with an interval of four (4) minutes.


The disasters destroyed several properties belonging to occupants of the dormitory including books, food items, mattresses and clothes as well as the student beds running into thousands of Ghana Cedis.


He urged the GES authorities to establish fire hydrants at the school to help ease the work of the fire service in times of fire incidents.


In an earlier interview with Assistant Divisional Officer (ADO) I Mr Iddrisu Imran, the Wa Municipal Deputy Commander and Deputy Regional Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ghana National Fire Service, expressed worry about the design and construction of some structures in some Senior High Schools in the Municipality without making provision for enough stare case for easy escape in times of emergency.

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