SUBSTANTIAL part of a building at the Imo State University, Owerri, was burnt at the weekend.
Though no life was reportedly lost in the inferno as at press time, property of the university and personal effects of some workers and petty traders worth several millions of naira were engulfed by the fire.
According to an eyewitness account, the fire, the source of which was yet to be ascertained at press time, began at about 2.00 a.m. and continued unabated till 5.00 a.m.
A source told The Guardian that because of absence of fire-fighters within the premises, it was difficult to control the situation.
The Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Bertram E. B. Nwoke and other top officials of the institution, have visited the scene and expressed worries about the setback caused the institution by the inferno.
Governor Rochas Okorocha was said to have approved relocation of the institution to Ogboko, Ideato-South Local Council of the state.