A section of students of Njoro Girls High School in Nakuru was on Saturday left stranded after one of the school's dormitories went up in flames.

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The 137-bed dorm reportedly caught fire at about noon, and proceeded to raze students' belongings as nothing was salvaged from the inferno.

Confirming the incident, Njoro OCPD Mohammed Huke, however, noted that no student was injured.

He added that the cause of the inferno remains unknown.

"We received information from the school administration that a dormitory was in fire. The cause of the inferno is being investigated,” he told the Standard.

According to area residents, the situation got out of hand partially because of late response from the Nakuru Fire Department.

John Njoroge, a witness and a neighbor said that attempts by neighbours to help were rendered futile after the roof caved in.

"I was at home when I saw smoke billowing. We moved in to help but the roof caved in, making it difficult for us to salvage the students’ belonging. By the time fire fighters arrived, the fire had spread through the entire dormitory,” he said.

The school had to cater for the affected students as the incident happened late, making it impossible to send them home.

The incident comes only a week after an arson attempt was reported in Njoro Boys High School.