Fire destroys Sonop Primary School Hostel

23 Jul 2017 15:50pm
By Rhonie Garoeb
MARIENTAL, 23 JUL (NAMPA) – A part of the Sonop Primary School girl’s hostel block in Mariental caught fire on Sunday morning between 09h00 and 11h00, leaving the girls without clothes and blankets.
According to the Namibian Police Force Hardap Regional Commander John Lifasi, the cause of fire is still unknown and no casualties were reported.
“I can confirm there was a fire at the hostel, but the prompt response of the fire brigade brought the fire under control. A portion of the block was damaged.
“At this moment I can’t divulge much into what exactly caused the fire. We are waiting for the forensic investigation team from Windhoek to do a thorough investigation,” Lifasi said.
Hardap Regional Governor, Esme Sophia Isaack who also arrived at the scene told Nampa on Sunday measures were put in place to accommodate the girls at Empelheim Junior Secondary School (JSS) hostel.
“We are currently negotiating with the superintend of Empelheim to clear one block to accommodate the girls of Sonop Hostel,” Isaack said adding that she had asked Mariental parents with learners in the hostel to take their children home so that they can find accommodation for learners from outside town.
Isaack called on the residents of Mariental to assist the girls with clothes and blankets as they lost everything in the fire.
“I am calling on good Samaritans of our town to help with clothing and blankets as these girls are left without anything,” Isaack noted
Education Director of Hardap Region, Mzingisi Gqwede said he was in Windhoek at the time of the fire and was driving back to Mariental with a ministerial investigation team.
“I will only be able to determine the causes and costs of the fire on Monday as I am on my way to Mariental now,” Gqwede said.