By Odey Ojeka
A fire outbreak created panic among students and lecturers at about 11am today 27th of May, 2016, at the Cross River State College of Education, COE Akamkpa female hostel.
CrossRiverWatch gathered that the fire started in the change-over switch at the hostel entrance and caused extensive damage to the building and property of the residents with no immediate help or means of putting off the inferno.
Our reporter who is on the ground on campus reports that, “The fire extinguishers at the hostel were empty at the time of the fire incident. It was after this event that the College Management bought new ones just today”.
The Deputy Provost, Dean of Students Affairs, Hostel Supervisors and some lecturers rushed to the scene of the incident after the fire outbreak.
Our reporter says, but for the fact that most of the students had gone for their lectures, there would have been very serious fatalities from the inferno.
One of the female students who was sleeping in the hostel while the inferno was raging (name withheld), suffocated and was bleeding profusely, but authorities had rushed her to the hospital at the time of filing this report.
The Hostel Porter while speaking to CrossRiverWatch said, “The incidents is as a result of electricity upsurge. Yesterday the engineer tried to pump the uncharged water tap, but could not pump water, so he left without informing the management that there is electricity fault, so the next morning when the generator was powered, it resulted to this incident that has now inconvenienced all the dwellers in the female hostel B’.
Below are scenes from the inferno:
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