From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
A fire outbreak has destroyed three buildings including property worth millions of naira at the Premier St Anthony’s College Ubulu Uku in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State.
It was gathered that the inferno also consumed apart from the three buildings of the school, a hostel including farm produce belonging to the people of the community.
St Anthony’s College Ubulu Uku is one of the Delta State owned model schools that has produced well-meaning Nigerians, including Mr Pius Mordi, Chairman, Editorial Board, Orient Daily Newspaper, among others.
But the Vigilante Chairman of the Community, Chief James Adoh who confirmed the incident to journalists in the area, said that the source of the fire outbreak could not be ascertained, adding that” but what people have always suspected as the source of the fire is usually through the carelessness of smokers who after lightening their cigarettes do drop the butt of the matches on the bush side.some people also drop the remains of their cigarettes butt of the dry leaves which also do spark off this fire, apart from that, even youths who go to smoke rabbits in their holes do sometimes give cause to this inferno besides the herdsmen who sometimes are also suspected to be responsible for the fire.”
The state Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah in a swift reaction described the incident as unfortunate adding that the state government will investigate the cause of the inferno, especially as it could not be ascertained how it started and where it started from.
According to the Commissioner, “ We are shocked by the inferno and the destruction of the college buildings including a hostel and we as a government will investigate the cause of the inferno and how it started from when no immediate could be offered to it.”
Corroborating the fire incident, an indigene of the community, Michael Usifo described the fire outbreak as one never before experienced in the community, adding” we have had this type of bush burning occurance at the end of the year, especially when harmattan set in , but this year’s own is worse than we have had in the past, as I talking, the fire outbreak is still razing bushes on our farmland at Udo axis, some people’s cassava farms are already affected by the fire, it’s unfortunate, and our fear now is that how we will get cassava stems to sow in this coming farming seasons, now that most of the stems have been burnt.