Fire that gutted destroyed a hostel at Police Secondary School in Zomba on Monday night has displaced 129 students, Eastern Region Police spokesperson Joseph Sauka has said.
In an interview, he said the fire whose cause is yet to be established, started around 6:15pm when the students had just left the hostels for evening study.
Sauka said the fire was so fierce that Zomba City Council (ZCC) fire brigade and communities around the school failed to put it out.
This resulted in destruction of property such as clothes, books and mattresses belonging to students and the school.
Sauka said two students sustained minor injuries when they tried to rescue their property.
“We have set up an enquiry committee that comprises police officers, ZCC fire brigade and the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi [Escom] officials to establish the cause and the extent of the damage at the school. The report will be ready Thursday [today],” he said.
The students have been sent back home for a week to recover from the trauma and are expected back on October 23 2017.
ZCC fire brigade officer Loudious Sendaluzi acknowledged that the firefighters failed to put out the fire as they came on the scene late.