Five hospitalised as fire guts Lagos Law School
At least, five persons have been hospitalised following the fire outbreak that gutted the Lagos campus of Law School in Victoria Island on Wednesday night.
An eyewitness said that the incident led to commotion among occupants who ran in different directions for dear lives.
The source claimed that the fire, suspected to have been sparked by an electrical fault, started at 10.00 pm from the first floor of the five-storey building hostel, accommodating about 1,500 law graduates on the Lagos campus, adding that the fire came with a big bang.
“There was stampede in the hostel. I saw a student jump out from the first floor where the fire started near the reading room. Other students ran out of their rooms in panic.
“At least, five people were seriously injured while one elderly woman who is a cleaner had her toe dislocated,” the source said.
The fire was, however, doused by hostel security officials who quickly switched off the main power supply before the arrival of state fire service some minutes later.
The unidentified injured students are currently receiving medical attention at the clinic.
It was also gathered that, apart from one big electric cable, no tangible property was destroyed as nothing was close to the place where the fire started from.
When contacted, Director of Lagos State Fire Service and Rescue, Margaret Adeseye, confirming the report through the Public Affairs Officer, Amodu Shuabu.
Adeseye disclosed that there was no casualty, saying that the incident was minor.
She also noted that a preliminary investigation by the fire service indicated power surge as the cause of the fire outbreak.
SAccording to her, a detailed investigation would be carried out to determine the immediate and remote cause of the incident with a view to prevent future occurrences.