The latest breaking news reaching us reveals that two students were injured in a fire which occurred at the female hostel of the University of Abuja on Sunday, 12th January, 2014.
It was revealed that the fire was caused by a gas cooker which exploded.
A security officer, Mrs Fatima Salawo, who said that she was the supervisor on duty, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the incident took place around 8.25 in the morning.
Mrs Fatima said that the fire broke out as a result of a leaking gas cylinder, belonging to a 100-level student in the Department of Micro Biology, who is identified as Lilla.
Salawo said that one 100-level student and another 400-level student were injured in the ensuing fire.
IN her own words: “The 400-level student, who sustained serious injuries, was rushed to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital for treatment, while the 100-level student, who sustained a minor injury, was taken to the university’s clinic for treatment.
“i heard students shouting and on getting there, I discovered a fire outbreak, resulting from a gas cooker explosion.
“The 400-level student, who suffered serious burns, was sleeping when the fire broke out. We did our best to put out the fire before the arrival of firefighters,”
The hostel porter, Ms Sikirat Shiadu, said that students had always been warned against cooking in the rooms where they slept.
She said that the university authorities had provided a kitchen in the hostel for cooking, advising the students to cultivate the habit of using the kitchen to avoid the recurrence of such incidents.
She told NANs that the authorities of University of Abuja were aware of the incident.