Fire destroys two schools in Anambra

Over the weekend, a fire ravaged two secondary schools in Nawfia, which is in the Njikoka local government area of Anambra State.

The affected institutions were Community Secondary School and Comprehensive Secondary School, both situated in Nawfia.

The fires broke out in the evening and spread to the school buildings from a neighbouring bush, according to reports.

It was learned that neither of the fire outbreaks claimed a life.

Martin Agbili, the State Fire Chief, confirmed the occurrence and stated that his personnel battled the fire with help from other people who had already arrived.

He urged school principals, headmasters, and headmistresses whose schools are near bushes to devise strategies for clearing the vegetation at a distance from their premises.

He said: “At about 1849hrs (6.49pm) of Saturday 27-01-2024, Anambra State Fire Service, received a distress call of heavy fire outbreak at Community Secondary School, Nawfia.

“Immediately, we deployed our fire truck and firefighters to the fire scene.

“The heavy fire outbreak emanated from nearby bush and spread to the school buildings. We arrived and battled the fire with assistance of some individuals who were there before our arrival.

“On Friday 26-01-2024, we also battled a heavy fire outbreak at Comprehensive Secondary School, Nawfia which emanated from bush fire and was spreading to the School buildings.

“As we are at the peak of harmattan, I wish to use this medium to call on all School Principals, Headmasters and Headmistress who have their Schools closer to bushes to find ways to cut down the bushes far away from their schools.”