Fire Halts Academic Activities At YABATECH


The management of Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, has suspended all academic activities, indefinitely.

The decision was taken due to the fire outbreak that razed the institution’s Bakassi Hostel in the early hours of Wednesday.

No life was lost, but some students were said to be injured and taken to hospital for treatment.

Spokesperson of the college Dr Charles Oni, in a statement, said, “all examinations and lectures, especially scheduled for today [Wednesday] have been put on hold while the College attends to the exigency.”

He added, “The Management regrets the misguided and outright falsehood on the social media and calls to certain radio stations that there was no water on campus to quell the fire.

“The truth is that firemen needed an excavator to attend to the fire, which the College provided promptly,” he said.

How it happened

The fire broke out at a wing of the top floor of the female hostel. It was also gathered that the inferno started at about 5.20 am when the school generator was switched on after a power outage.

Three students sustained injuries as a result of commotion that ensued when the inferno started. The injured students were then rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Yaba and the General Hospital, Randle Avenue, Surulere.

Dr Ismail Badmus, the Head of Department of the Fire Service in the school, confirmed the incident.
“The incident happened at Bakassi Female hostel which is a two-wing two-storey building. It was the top floor of one of the two wings of the hostel.
“There was no life lost, but there were some injuries.

Many items lost

“We lost a lot of students’ items like laptops, phones, books and mattresses. You know it is residential hostel. Many combustibles are there, which readily catch fire,’’ Ismail told NAN.
He disclosed that the fire was combated by the college’s fire service department and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). Others were the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and the Lagos State Fire Service and the State Response Unit.

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