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News Updated: May 20, 2024

One dead in fire outbreak at Anambra seminary school

By Adekunle Obas
May 20, 2024
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A fire broke out at Bishop Crowther Memorial Seminary School in Awka, the capital of Anambra State, resulting in the death of one person and significant property damage.

The incident, which occurred around 11:30 PM on Saturday, caused extensive damage to the school's hostel, including mattresses and other student belongings.

The victim, a student, succumbed to the fire and was taken to a mortuary.

The Anambra State Fire Service, in a statement released on Sunday by its Media Unit, confirmed the incident.

The state Fire Service Chief, Chukwudi Chiketa, reported that firefighters and a fire truck were immediately dispatched to the scene, and the fire was eventually contained.

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The statement also mentioned that Fire Chief Chiketa visited the school on Sunday for an inspection, during which the principal explained how the fire had impacted part of the school's hostel.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

The statement was titled, ‘Update on the incident that occurred in Bishop Crowther Seminary, Awka’.

It read in part, “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 that occurred on Saturday night in the school.

“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.

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“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 commended the state fire service, stating that they arrived promptly and prevented 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.

“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,” the statement read.

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Advising the public, the Fire Chief reiterated that fire kills, but it can be controlled.

He urged the people to always be safety conscious, and also, be careful in all that they do.

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