A student died and 14 others were injured after a fire gutted a dormitory at Tala High School in Matungulu, Machakos County.

Property worth thousands of shillings was also destroyed in the fire, which started at around 1am on Tuesday.

Matungulu police commander Joseph Chesire said six students sustained serious burns and were admitted at Kangundo District Hospital. Eight others were treated and discharged.

He said investigations had been launched to establish the cause of the fire, though arson was suspected.

“The head boy says he saw someone carrying jerrycan, then moments later the fire started,” he said.