Marbaruma Sec. School destroyed by fire
The two-story wooden and concrete Marbaruma Secondary School in the North West District, Region One was on Friday night destroyed by fire.
Police Headquarters reported that the blaze began sometime between 22:10 hrs and 01:45 hrs.
According to the report, Mark Knights, a security guard of Baranobo Hill, Mabaruma, was on duty at the front gate in his guard hut on his cell phone when he heard three loud explosions emanating from a room on the second floor of the eastern side of the building.
Upon checking, he saw the said room engulfed in flames and immediately made a report to the Mabaruma Police Station.
With the assistance of the Joint Services and residents, the fire was extinguished but according to police most of the building was damaged.
The structure measured about 150 feet and 200 feet in width and length respectively and housed an auditorium, six classrooms, and a Home Economics Department – all of which contained stationeries, desks and benches, chalkboards, computers, laboratory equipment, kitchen utensils, and other items.
Investigations are ongoing.