For the third time in three days, a mid midnight fire outbreak on Thursday razed down a three bed room flat and it’s adjourning boys quarters located within the campus of the University of Lagos (UNILAG).
The fire which started from the main house before it spread to the boys quarters area destroyed all properties belonging to the occupants of the building.
There are conflicting accounts as to the actual cause of the inferno. Some said it was as a result of up surge in the electricity supply to the area, while others alleged that it started from one of the generating sets belonging to one of the occupants.
No life was lost, but some students who tried to put out the fire when it was first noticed were said to have sustained minor injuries. They have since been treated and discharged in an undisclosed hospital in the area.
Thursday’s fire outbreak makes it second in a roll within three days.
The affected occupants were seen trying to salvage what was left from the hips of rubles that was one tine their living quarters.
One of the victim, a three hundred level student of the department of Arts who simply identified himself as Edwin alleged that he lost all his belongings to the fire.
“I cannot say what actually caused the fire because I was out as at the time it started, but one of my neighbor said that it was upsurge in electricity supply to the school. However, we have not had constant supply of light for sometime now. What they do is bring it for few seconds and then it goes off. All I have went up in the inferno” he added.
Ibrahim Farinloye, who is the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the South West while confirming the incident said that the houses were completely destroyed by fire.
He blamed the students for the late arrival of emergency workers to the scene, claiming that they had attacked officials of both the Federal and State fire service three days ago when a similar incident occurred.
“The fire at UNILAG Thursday night involved three bed room flat with its boys quarters. They were badly damaged because emergency responders were reluctant to turn up as a fire outbreak at a shopping mall within the university earlier on Wednesday led to the attack of State fire men. They also destroyed fire fighting equipments.
“Yesterday’s response was delayed till a full police escort from Sabo Division of the Lagos State Command provided them with adequate security. That was the reason why the fire caused serious damage to the building” he added.