HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
BIRATNAGAR: Major fire damaged a school for the children of Bhutanese refugee based in Sanichhare VDC of Morang district on Saturday night.
Property worth Rs 5 million was gutted, while regular studies of over 1,800 refugee students has been affected as the entire school structure turned to ashes.
According to the Area Police Office Pathari, New Horizon Academy – a secondary level school – was gutted in the fire. According to Inspector Keshab Bhattarai, the fire was doused after three hours with the help of fire engines from Itahari and Damak, APF, Nepal Police and local residents.
Of 17 bamboo classrooms 11 were completely destroyed, while the police along with some refugees pulled down the other six classrooms to stop the fire spreading to other huts.
School principal Dil Kumar Subba said fire destroyed all the furniture and textbooks that were stored to distribute to the students. He informed that the school would try to resume the classes from Tuesday.
Subba also alleged some unknown gang had attempted to set the school on fire six times in the past. He claimed that somebody must have set the school building on fire this time.
Morang DSP Uma Prasad Chaturbedi said that police had started investigation to find out whether the fire was set by somebody or it was just an accident.
Meanwhile, a team from the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) Damak and chief of Caritas Nepal visited the incident site to take note of the loss.