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University Of Fort Hare Fire: Campus Building Cordoned Off

POLICE have cordoned off the Economic Sciences building of the University Fort Hare’s Alice Campus.

A fire broke out on the top floor of the building on Sunday which is situated on the Eastern Side of the campus.

There were no students or staff inside the building and it took several hours to put out the blaze.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage and will form part of an investigation.

The Vice-Chancellor Prof Sakhela Buhlungu says the fire destroyed mostly offices and lecture halls on the top floor where the entire roof caved in.

He says staff and security on the scene, used fire hydrants to fight the fire and by the time the Fire Department from Fort Beaufort arrived on the scene, it was already contained.

Professor Bhulungu says the fire broke out at a time when the university was in the middle of engaging the Health and Safety Department on tightening safety measures which will now have to be accelerated.

(Source: Algoa FM)

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