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One student dies as fire guts Anambra Seminary school

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One student died, and many properties were damaged when a fire gutted the Bishop Crowther Memorial Seminary School, Awka, Anambra State capital.

The cause of the fire is yet to be confirmed, but it was gathered that the incident occurred around 11.30 pm on Saturday.

It was also gathered that the inferno damaged the school’s hostel, including mattresses and other students’ belongings.

The student who died in the incident was said to have been taken to a mortuary.

Confirming the incident through a statement from the Media Unit of Anambra State Fire Service on Sunday, Chukwudi Chiketa, the state Fire Service Chief, said firefighters and a fire truck were deployed immediately to the scene of the incident, and the fire was contained.

The statement reads that the fire chief had visited the school on Sunday for inspection, where the principal narrated how the fire affected a part of the school’s hostel.

The statement was dubbed: “Update on the incident that occurred in Bishop Crowther Seminary, Awka.”

“The Anambra State Fire Service Chief arrived at Bishop Crowther Memorial Seminary School, Awka, at 10:55 a.m. on Sunday for a firsthand inspection and assessment of the level of damages caused by the fire outbreak on Saturday night in the school.

The statement partly read, “Recall that Anambra State Fire Service received a distress call at 11:30 pm, on Saturday, May 18, 2024, which reported a fire outbreak in one of the school’s hostels. Our firefighters and one of the fire trucks were deployed immediately to the scene of the incident, and the fire was contained.

“The cause of this fire is still unknown, but it’s confirmed that one of the students died at the scene and has been taken to a mortuary.

“The school Principal, Ven. Dr Emendu, who received the fire chief, narrated how the fire affected a part of the school’s hostel, damaged everything, including mattresses and other students’ belongings therein, and left one dead. According to the principal, there was no other casualty, and no injury was recorded.”

Emendu lauded the state fire service, stating they arrived promptly and stalled the fire from further escalation to other parts of the building.

“The Fire Chief sympathised with the school management and the entire students of Bishop Crowther Memorial Seminary School, urging them to take heart as God will console them in his own way.

The statement read, “He also commiserated with the family of the deceased, who at the time of the visit were still on their way to the school, stating that it’s always painful and heartbreaking to lose a child, not to talk of in such a situation of fire outbreak. He prayed to God to give them the fortitude to bear the loss.”

 

 

 

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