Authorities Blames Mysterious Fire at UNIBEN Postgraduate Female Hostel To Power Surge

A female postgraduate hostel has been razed by fire in the University of Benin, Ekenwan Road Campus, Benin City, the Edo State capital.

The incident, which occurred on Tuesday was attributed to a power surge in one of the rooms upstairs and then spread to others on the same floor, according to sources at the scene.

It was gathered that this disrupted the entire school activities, especially the students who were in their various classes taking lectures, reports Channels TV.

All the rooms upstairs in the one-Storey building were completely burnt with nothing to salvage except the rooms downstairs.

At the time of writing this report, the inferno has been successfully extinguished by a combined team of firefighters which include the Federal Fire Service, the Edo State Fire Service, and the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) Fire Service, all in Benin City.

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Meanwhile, our correspondent who quickly went there to report the incident were not allowed to take any video shots or do anything, as they were politely asked to leave the scene by the school authorities and some of the students.

Students and officials could still be seen evacuating the belongings of the students from the rooms downstairs, which were not affected, for fear of the unknown with a mixed crowd of students – those affected and those unaffected – watching from a safe distance. No life was lost.

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