Hundreds of students escape death in school fire in Enugu
Hundreds of students at Peaceland College of Education, Enugu, escaped death by whiskers On Thursday when a fire destroyed parts of the school’s women’s hostel.
The institution is located opposite the matured student program of Enugu State University of Science and Technology, near the popular Nkpokiti Junction, in Independence Layout, Enugu.
Many students are said to have sustained injuries as students ran in different directions as confusion engulfed the facility.
However, there is conflicting information about what caused the fire.
While some said it was caused by an electric shock, some said a student left an electrical device on and went to class.Although no one was killed in the inferno, some university staff reported that the fire destroyed more than N30 million worth of roofs, ceilings, windows and bedding upstairs, among other things.
The fire also reportedly destroyed some degree certificates and other student certificates.
Some teachers, who spoke with the correspondent on condition of anonymity, said that without the timely intervention of men from the Enugu State Fire Service, the fire would have leveled the entire hostel and other classrooms.
One of the teachers said the fire broke out on the top floor of one of the main dormitory buildings and destroyed the students’ ND certificates and other testimonies.
A student posing as Chinwe Odo said, “We were in our different classes when we suddenly heard the sound of an explosion and when we went outside to find out, we saw fire coming from one of the rooms in the hostel. .“Some of us, HND students in particular, came to school with our OND certificates because we were told there would be a review by people from Abuja. Those certificates were burned.”
However, a senior university official who preferred anonymity told reporters that the destruction at the school was enormous.
“However, there were no students in the room where the fire broke out, but we suspect someone plugged in a device and forgot to turn it off.
“We lost a lot as a result.The roof, the roofs, a lot of things up there. In fact, we cannot quantify the destruction. But we lost over N30 million worth of property in this fire.
“But we thank the men of the Enugu State Fire Service. Without them, all the buildings here would have burned down,” the staff said.At the time of this report, the school board had not made a decision on the incident.