According to reports and videos shared by residents at the campus, fresh fire flames can ably be seen on the second floor. The said floor hosts the council room and office of vice-chancellors’ office and his assistant, an office that acts as the registry for staff tribunal, and a small room were the chancellor's chair is kept.
Hours after the Uganda Fire and Rescue Services fought to put out the fire that gutted Makerere University’s main building, there are reports of fresh flames in the offices that had remained intact. According to reports and videos shared by residents at the campus, fresh fire flames were seen on the second floor last night.
The said floor hosts the council room, the vice-chancellors’ office and his assistant, an office that acts as the registry for staff tribunal, and a small room were the chancellor's chair is kept. It is feared that the fire might extend to other unburnt sections of the building including the printery.
One of the Alarms came from Makerere University KCCA councillor Doreen Nyanjura, indicating that the University Council Room, one of the three remaining offices that was initially not affected by the fire outbreak was in flames by 10 p.m. But there was no mention of the same on the University social media pages, which were earlier used to give a blow by blow account of the incident.
Makerere University had indicated, through its twitter handle, that
efforts to save the left-wing of the building were defeated by the
highly powerful and forceful flames. The left-wing is custody of the
Human Resource and staff records of the university.
When our reporters left the scene at 6;00 p.m, on Sunday, there was smoke coming out of the top floors of the building which had already been destroyed to ashes. However, all the fire trucks had left the area after working nearly all day to save the iconic building in vain.
The development comes a few hours after President Yoweri Museveni attributed the fire that has saw the building seen as a national heritage razed to the negligence of staff at the university. The president stressed that the university management handles the matter urgently, to bring perpetrators to book.
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All along, there have been several controversial statements on the place where the said fire originated which has also confused. Whereas the university official position says the fire might have started from the Public Relations Office ceiling, other reports indicate that the fire started from the finance department.