Three students were injured and properties destroyed in a fire outbreak at the University of Maiduguri Murtala female hostel on Saturday.

The second such incident in one month, the fire which was suspected to have started from a cooking stove, was put out almost immediately by the university’s fire service.

Commenting on the development, the Director of Public Relations at the University, Danjuma Gambo, said preliminary investigations had shown the incident was caused by a Kerosene explosion, and that the three female victims are in the hospital.

Mr Gambo, who described the incident as unfortunate, said the University Management was taking steps to enforce more fire safety regulations in students’ hostels.

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