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Fires razes 2 female hostels at a College in Nasarawa

Fire has razed down a block of two female hostels at the Federal Government College, Keffi, Nasarawa State.

It was gathered that the fire started around 7.45 pm on Sunday and raged on to Monday morning, reduced the entire structure to ashes.

According to a senior staff of the college who pleaded anonymity, the students were in the dining hall when the fire started. Books and properties of the students were all razed down completely, Nothing was removed.”

The source, however, said that no one was killed.

“One student, who did not go to the dining hall and was sleeping in one of the hostels, was almost affected.”

“Immediately she sensed the smoke, she jumped through the window and sustained some slight injuries. No one else was affected,” a staff of the college said.

The source described the incident as “shocking and devastating”, saying that it was the first in the history of the 18-year-old school.

A NAN correspondent, who visited the school on Monday, saw smoke still billowing from the rubble of the burnt hostels, while fear-stricken staff and students watched from a distance.

Teachers, staff and prefects were seen trying to pacify and calm the students, especially the distraught girls that lost everything in the inferno.

A source reported that the incident was particularly devastating to the unity school because first term examinations were expected to have started on Monday.

“The first term examination was scheduled to start today, but with this development, no one is sure of what to do next. We shall wait for further directives from the Federal Ministry of Education,” he said.

Efforts to contact the Acting Principal, Alhaji Babatundet Usuma, were not successful as he was said to have traveled to Kano for the annual meeting of Principals of unity secondary schools, while calls to his line kept ringing out.

Mr Gideon Gutap, Vice Principal (Academic 2) who communicated with NAN via a telephone text message said that the school was yet to decide on the next like of action.

“Parents will be communicated in due course,” he added.

He said that no one was hurt, adding that a meeting was ongoing to consider the next thing to do.

Officials of the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) were invited for the emergency meeting chaired by College’s Vice Principal (Academy 1), Mr Ezekiel, report said.

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