Two fire outbreaks
had been recorded in the Islamic Senior High School (SHS) in the Wa
Municipality between January and February 2020, causing havoc to property.
The first outbreak occurred on January 17,
2020, and burnt portions of the girls’ dormitory, while they were at preps and
they had to be relocated to a recently built dormitory, which had 215 student
The latest incident affected the same girls’
dormitory at about 0830 hours on Thursday, while the students were at preps but
this time razed the whole building and destroying all property belonging to the
Mr Alhassan Bafara, Headmaster of the
School, said the cause of the fire outbreak was still unknown and that
investigations were ongoing.
He expressed shock at the rate of outbreak
at a short interval saying, “We are surprised because after the first
incident some reassessments were ascertained to see if there were risk on
the campus that can bring back any hazard”.
He said the assessment went beyond fire
outbreaks to look at areas of possible food poisoning, where training was
organised for food vendors and kitchen staffs to ensure safety.
Mr Bafara said the Thursday’s outbreak got
20 students sent to the hospital who collapsed as a result of shock and 19 had
since been discharged with the exception of one diabetic patient.
He said while internal investigations were
still ongoing, the students had currently been relocated to a classroom block
as a temporary measure.
“The sad thing is that the same
students who were affected in the first incident are the same students affect
again and they have been relocated the second time,” he lamented.
Mr Abraham Nii Doodo, the Upper West
Regional Commander of the Ghana National Fire Service, said when firemen
arrived at the scene the flames were very severe and had to call for another
He attributed the fire outbreak to
electrical wires hanging loosely and the congestion in the dormitory.
He said the matter required further investigation
because of the short interval of the outbreak on the same facility.
Mr Amidu Chinnia Issahaku, the Deputy Upper
West Regional Minister who visited to assess the extent of damage sympathised with
the School especially the affected students.
“Recording two fire cases in one month,
one can imagine the stress the students and teachers are going through,”
He said he would collaborate with the
Regional Director of Education to quickly set up a committee that will
investigate the two incidences and establish certain facts that can permanently
resolve the problem.
He said they were amazed to hear that same
students who were affected in the first incident and were relocated were the
same students who have been affected again.
“There is a lot of suspicions and we cannot
rollout the attitude and the character of the students themselves,” he said.