Fire Guts IUIU Mbale Hostel

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Some students of the Mbale based Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) on Sunday lost property valued at millions of shillings to fire that gutted one of the hostels at the Campus in Nkoma.

Some students of the Mbale based Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) on Sunday lost property valued at millions of shillings to fire that gutted one of the hostels at the Campus in Nkoma.
 
The fire that is suspected to have started at around 11:15am from one of the rooms at Kaswampa New Female Hostel burnt to ashes property belonging to four of the occupants of the room before it was put out.
 
The properties included three laptop computers, mattresses, and academic documents including notes and text books and their personal belongings like clothes among others.
 
Latiif Juma, the University’s security officer said the school fire fighting team immediately intervened with the help of the eastern regional Police fighting squad and put out the fire before it could spread to other rooms.
 
He however described the fire as serious which made it impossible to save anything from the room.
 
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He said the occupants of the room where the fire started escaped from the scene and have since disappeared from the campus for fear of being victimized. He said several students who suffered smoke inhalation in the hostel because of the fire were given first aid at the school dispensary and are recovering well.
 
Latiif said a few students were injured as they scampered for their lives.
 
He suspects the fire sparked off from the local charcoal stove that the room occupants were using to cook.
 
The hostel is home to about 120 students, but only about 60 of them had already reported for the university’s new academic year that opened last week. All the occupants of the hostel have been evacuated and relocated elsewhere within the campus.
 
John Patrick Oleca, the Elgon Region Fire Fighting Police Officer, said the police have opened up investigation into the cause of the fire. Oleca could not rule out arson.
 
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The Sunday fire is the second in the University's history. The first was in November 2005 when property worth millions of shillings was lost in a fire at a students' hostel.

 

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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.