A fire in a boarding school in Kenya kills fifty-eight boys and seriously injures twenty-eight others

Sunday, 26 March 2006

More than 50 teenage boys died when their dormitory caught fire in a secondary school near Nairobi, Kenya. The raging fire is reported to have spread quickly burning the victims beyond recognition. The boys were sleeping when the fire started and most managed to get to safety.  Some, however, got trapped inside when the roof of the dormitory caved in and could not escape.

About 28 boys were admitted to hospital with minor to severe burns. The police suspected arson and carried out an investigation. It is considered one of Kenya’s deadliest fires.

• Hurriyet Daily News, "Kenya dorm fire kills 58 teenage boys, injures 28",From: Hurriyet Daily News,[online] Available at: www.hurriyetdailynews.com [Accessed on 15 March 2013]
• TVNZ, "Kenya dorm fire kills 58 boys", From:TVNZ,[online] Available at: ww.tvnz.co.nz [Accessed on 15  March 2013]

Last updated : 26-Mar-2014

This article was produced for South African History Online on 20-Mar-2013