Tension as Fire Guts Government College Admist Rising Insecurity

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Fire Guts Federal Government College,

On Tuesday, July 26, a fire completely destroyed several hostel buildings at (), Old Umuahia in Umuahia South Local Government Area of Abia State.

It was gathered that no lives were lost in the event that happened to the Junior Secondary Institution (JSS 2) children at the school.

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They reportedly couldn’t save anything from the tragedy since they were reportedly writing examinations when the fire broke out.

According to insiders at the school, the JSS 2 class was occupying the JSS 3 block since the JSS 3 students had left after their examinations were over to go home.

A source who spoke to ejes gist newspaper on the condition of anonymity stated that an electrical failure, power surge was identified as the fire’s primary cause.

“Over 400 students are housed in the three hostel buildings. The fire had an impact on three blocks. The majority of the kids’ belongings and resources were impacted. Beds and mattresses caught fire.

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After the students left for their evening classes, one of the teachers began yelling “Fire!” Everyone nearby was forced to run to the site.

Mr. Arua Nnanna, the interim state fire chief, who confirmed the occurrence, said:

Although the cause of the fire has not yet been determined, we believe it was an electrical issue based on the report we received from the field.

The pupils weren’t in the hostel when the incident happened.

Because exams were taking place, they were on the opposite side of the hostel doing one thing or another.

“The students’ mattresses, beds, and other things were destroyed by the fire. When they called, we had already been able to stop the fire from spreading from one room to another.

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“Without our presence, the fire might have spread to all of the hostel blocks, but it was only able to affect a portion of them.

“Because they suffered such great losses, it will be challenging to evaluate the fire’s damage. The loss is measured in millions of naira.

“In my opinion, around three hostels out of five blocks were impacted, and each room had about 20–30 students. Even though they had a fire extinguisher, what they had to put out the fire was insufficient.

They lack a smoke detector, an early warning system. They might have benefited from the early warning system, and the damage would not have been severe. However, the fire had already engulfed the workers and other firefighting personnel before they could sound an alarm.

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