Mysterious fire has razed a school an hotel in Akwa Ibom.
The hotel, Dignified Palace Hotel, Uyo and Annang Secondary Commercial School, Idung Esimuk, Odoro Ikot in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State were on Saturday gutted by a fire which has been described to be mysterious.
Several property in both facilities including items belonging to guests were destroyed in the inferno.
It was gathered that the fire started from the top floor of the hotel but no life was lost in the incident.
Meanwhile, the Manager of the hotel Emmanuel James, expressed shock at the incident, saying there was no power supply and the hotel’s generator was off as at the time of the incident.
Similarly, the Annang Secondary Commercial school located in Idung Esimuk, Odoro Ikot in Essien Udim local government suffered same fate.
It was gathered that the strange fire destroyed school documents, buildings and other property estimated to be several millions of naira.
The Proprietor of the school, Rev. Joseph Ada who spoke with newsmen on Saturday said he rushed to the school on getting the information about the fire incident, adding that by the time he got there, the fire had become uncontrollable.
Ada said, “I was at home that night when I received the unfortunate news and before I could rush down to the scene, it was already late to control the fire. Some concerned neighbours had tried to quench the fire when it started before my arrival but their efforts proved abortive as the flame kept increasing.
“When I arrived, I was helpless as I was confused on what to do at that point because that fire could only be controlled by fire fighters and the only Fire-Fighting Station we used to have in Essien Udim was attacked and burnt during the recent crisis.”
He described the fire incident as a mystery, because the school has no electricity connection or generating plant, adding that they always hire generating set whenever the need arises, wondering what would have caused such an inferno which has wrecked so much havoc on the school.
Mr Ada who is also the Chairman, National Association of Private Schools, Essien Udim Chapter, said that the inferno has rendered both the teachers and students of the school helpless as the September 2021 resumption date in Akwa Ibom State approaches.
He, therefore, appealed to both Local and State governments, corporate bodies as well as public spirited individuals to assist him reconstruct the school which he said has been a source of livelihood to him and many others and a citadel of learning in the locality.