Watch: Fire Guts Matopo High School Boys’ Dormitory, 52 Students Lose All Their Belongings

Matopo High School Boys Dormitory Gutted By Fire

A devastating fire broke out at Matopo High School, in the early hours of Friday, July 5, 2024.

The blaze completely destroyed a boys’ dormitory, reducing 52 beds and 52 trunks containing students’ belongings, including uniforms and extra clothing, to ashes.

Matopo High School Issue Statement on the Fire Incident

The Brethren in Christ Church-run Matopo High School has issued an official statement confirming the fire incident. The school expressed their regret over the devastating fire.

We regret to inform the public of a devastating fire incident that occurred at Matopo High School in the early hours of Friday, the 5th of July 2024.

The fire led to the total destruction of property.

The fire broke out in the boys’ dormitory, resulting in the complete destruction of property. The dormitory houses 52 learners.

Everything including 52 school trunks, 52 beds, their uniforms and extra clothing was burnt to ashes.

The dormitory housed 52 students, all of whom managed to escape the blaze without injury. The school credited the swift actions of students and staff for preventing any casualties.

“Fortunately, due to the swift action of our students and staff, no lives were lost. All learners managed to escape safely,” the statement added.

Investigation Underway

The cause of the fire remains unknown, and investigations are currently being conducted by the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) Fire Brigade and ZESA. The school authorities have promised transparency and accountability throughout the investigation process.

“The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) Fire Brigade and ZESA, but we are committed to ensuring transparency and accountability.

Our thoughts are with the affected learners, their families and the school during this difficult time.”


Social Media Reactions

The incident has sparked significant discussion on social media. Users have expressed relief that no lives were lost and have called for improvements to school infrastructure.


So sad to hear, we thank God for lives of the learners, and administrators. God bless our Brethren In Christ Church…


At least there was no loss of life. God is faithful.


Most buildings are old they need to be renovated and rewired…. i hope they manage to fix the damage n thank God that no one was hurt


Matopo high school, completely finished.

In Zimbabwe, we have no fire Brigade.

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