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Agriculture college fire a criminal matter – police

Published: Wednesday December 11, 2013 | 5:17 pm Comments 0

The police are reportedly treating this morning’s fire at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) in Portland as a criminal matter.

The fire resulted in the hospitalisation of three students, while another was treated and released.

The fire happened at the male dorm at the institution.

Students who were up studying for exams rushed to assist the four persons who were trapped in a room on the first floor.

They reportedly the broke windows to the room in an attempt to rescue the persons after the fire engulfed the dorm room.

Firefighters were alerted who managed to extinguish the fire.

President of CASE, Dr Mary Nichols, says the college has clear rules on how students should conduct themselves and there are clear fire prevention protocols.

The frustrated school administrator says there is very little the college can do to prevent such acts of criminality which are a reflection of the wider society.

Earlier this year a student Romario Bacchus, was charged with four counts of attempted murder and arson, after he allegedly set fire to two rooms on the male dormitory at CASE on March 20.

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