There was pandemonium Monday night at the female Hostel of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi when a fire outbreak razed a section of the female hostel at the Yelwa campus.
Confirming to the disaster to newsman in Bauchi, the Public Relations Officer of the University, Zalani Bappa said that four rooms in the hostel were affected by the inferno.
According to him, although no life was lost, the students lost all their belongings to the fire before the arrival of men of the state fire service.
He said that the management of the University was still investigating the cause of the incident as nobody could trace what triggered the fire.
The PRO disclosed that an alternative accommodation has been arranged for those whose rooms were affected and appealed to the neighbouring communities to avoid burning bushes close to the University.
Speaking also on the incident, the Information Officer of the state fire service, Abubakar Bala, said that the fire incident started around 10.00 pm Monday when students were preparing for their exams.
Abubakar attributed the cause of the fire outbreak to a gas cooker allegedly mounted by a female student, stressing that it was improper for students to use such cooking gadgets in the hostel, adding that the property affected was yet to be quantified.
He added that it took the combine effort of Tatari Ali and federal polytechnic fire fighting vehicles to put out the fire.
“The prompt response of the fire service and residents living close to the university yielded positive results as the fire did not extended to other rooms at the hostel”.
The information officer then called on residents to desist from castigating fire service staff on duty and appealed to the government to equip the fire station in the state to avert future occurrences of fire outbreaks.