It was yet another lucky escape for students of the Federal Government Girls College, Umuahia as 119 girls escaped death when a school hostel housing them was razed by fire.
No life was lost in the fire incident as the students were said to be in their classrooms observing their night prep when the fire started.
THISDAY gathered that the fire incident occurred at about 8.30p.m. on Sunday.
It was the second fire incident in the school in less than three months.
On December 9, 2013, the school had lost a hostel housing 79 students four days before the end of the school session.
The acting Principal of the school, Mr. Ernest Chukwuka, lamented the fire incident just as the school was putting finishing touches to the hostel which was burnt last December.
He said if not for the timely intervention of the state fire service the fire would have spread to other hostels.
However, the school head, who conducted the state governor, Chief Theodore Orji, round the scene of the burnt hostel yesterday, alluded to possible sabotage given that it was the second time the school would lose a hostel to fire in mysterious circumstance. He commended the governor for his â€œfatherly attention to the FGCâ€ and pleaded with him to assist the school to investigate the frequent occurrence of fire outbreaks in the school.
Chukwuka also expressed worry over the lingering land dispute between the school and the host community and further pleaded with the governor to intervene and resolve the issue once and for all.
Orji later addressed the school and sympathised with the students over the loss of their belongings, saying that even in the circumstance, they should thank God as it could have been worse if any life was lost.
â€œI want you to than God that no life was lost,â€ he said, adding that he would ensure that the cause of the fire was investigated and those found culpable punished accordingly. The governor assured the students of adequate security till they graduate, saying that as long as they remain in Abia â€œyou are my studentsâ€.