Video: How ‘Party Animals’, Police Fire Brigade, Lumumba Boys Saved Makerere Students from Perishing in Mary Stuart Hall Fire
Mary Stuart Fire Started from Canteens on Ground Floor; Female Students Jumped from Building to Save Lives
Students from a night club Saturday morning saved female residents at Makerere University’s Mary Stuart Hall from perishing in a morning fire.
A group of girls returning from night clubs noticed the fire at around 4am.
Some other students who had woken up waiting for the 14-storied hall to be opened joined the party animals in screaming to awake those who were still asleep.
Makerere halls are locked at midnight and reopened at 6am.
Preliminary reports say the fire emanated from the canteen on the first floor.
All canteens at the ground floor were razed down.
The screams jolted students from their sleep.
And in desperate attempts to save their lives, the students started jumping from the hall.
Only those who jumped from the building sustained injuries.
Police Response to Mary Stuart Hall Fire
Police has been hailed for its quick response.
“I thank the Police Fire Brigade for the prompt response to the fire outbreak at Mary Stuart early this morning,” tweeted vice chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe.
Yet police had taken two hours to arrive.
But when they came, they had a number of fire brigade vehicles to put out the fire.
They worked tirelessly with students from neighboring Lumumba Hall.
Video: Putting Out Mary Stuart Hall Fire
“We commend the students and citizens who called the police quickly enabling us to quickly respond,” said police spokesperson Emilian Kayima in a statement.
“Parents need to calm down as there is no cause for alarm. The hall is safe now save for the ground floor that is littered with debris and will need cleaning and some repairs.”
“Estates Department has been instructed to fix damage in the affected areas,” wrote Nawangwe.
Injuries from Mary Stuart Hall Fire
Nawangwe put the number of the injured at two and extended “my sympathy to the two affected students”.
Other reports put the figure to as high as five.
One of those affected was Rosette Kyokunzire, a third year student of Medicine.
Kyokunzire sustained head injuries.
Video, Photos & Additional Reporting: Angella Asiimwe