One of the female hostels at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka campus has been gutted by fire with property running into millions of Naira destroyed.
No life was lost, but personal effects belonging to the students on campus and installations were razed by the inferno.
An eye witness account explained that the fire was caused by power outage. “As soon as the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), restored power on campus around 7.30pm with a high current, the two storey hostel building went up in flames from the last floor,” the eyewitness explained.
He stated that even though most of the students were on Christmas vacation, some few others were available.
The eye witness said: “When other students around saw the fire and started screaming ‘fire, fire, and managed to jump out from the hostel. According to him, it did not take time before heavy dark smoke enveloped the building.
“While the fire raged at the last floor of the building, people ran around to put out the fire,” he stated. He also said: “Before Enugu state fire service men arrived the scene, the hostel which housed about 300 students, had been in ruins.
Speaking on the incident, Mr Patrick Aroh, the Chief Fire officer, Enugu North senatorial district, said though they responded on time, they could not do much due to water shortage.
“My men tried their best; we rushed immediately we received the call that there was fire outbreak at Okeke female hostel of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN. When our water got exhausted, we were unable to get refill from the two bore-holes on campus, owing to dryness of the two bore-holes; so before we could refill our tank outside the campus, the last floor had been completely razed,” he said.
UNN Female Hostel Burnt Down