A fire outbreak yesterday at the female hostel of the Benue State University; BSU caused pandemonium amongst the students.
Several items were destroyed by the inferno which started at about 10am.
When our correspondent visited the scene, men of the State fire department were seen struggling to put off the fire.
Narrating the incident to People’s Daily, a 300 level student of the Department of Mass communication, Beatrice Terwase said she had just left the hostels to take her bath when she heard screams from the hostel.
Beatrice said smoke was seen from a particular locked room, adding that she quickly rushed to pick some items but lamented that she lost several items including iPad, credentials and handset.
Dean, Students’ Affairs of the institution Prof. Armstrong Adejoh attributed the incident to possible power fluctuation, adding “you know we have been having issue of epileptic power situation in the school, but it could be due to human error. However, we will set up a panel to determine the cause of the inferno”.
Prof. Adejoh, who described the incident as traumatic, noted that the cooperation of the students helped a lot in averting greater damage.
The Dean intimated that as a temporary measure, the university authority will relocate the over 92 affected students to a staff quarter which is undergoing renovation.