A strange fire that gutted Patterson Memorial Grammar School, Awada, Onitsha, Anambra state has killed an 11-year-old student, identified as Chigozie Anyichie; burning him beyond recognition in his school hostel.
The deceased, who is reportedly a JSS 1 student, was inside the school’s hostel; when the incident occurred, while others had gone for devotion.
A source said, “The inferno destroyed property worth millions of naira; while it burnt the deceased beyond recognition.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed the incident; adding that they are yet to ascertain the cause of the fire and value of property destroyed.
Mohammed said, “One Rev. Dr. Kajetan Anuforo, the Principal of Patterson Memorial Grammar School, Awada reported at Awada Police Station; that there was a fire outbreak in the school at a section of the school dormitory when the students were out in the field for prayers.
“The fire, which completely burnt down a dormitory block; but the concerted efforts of the staff and students of the School quenched it.
“However, when the dust settled, it was discovered that a JSS 1 student identified as one Chigozie Dim Anyichie aged 11 years; who did not go out with other students for prayers was caught up in the inferno and burnt beyond recognition.
“Police detectives led by DPO Awada Division, Tony Adeyi visited the scene and took the victim to the hospital where the doctor on duty certified him dead.”
Mohammed added that the charred remains of the deceased had been photographed; and deposited at the mortuary for postmortem examination.
“The Commissioner of Police, John Abang has commiserated with the family of the victim; and ordered for a discreet investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident,” Mohammed stated.