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Agriculture college fire leaves three in hospital

Published:Wednesday | December 11, 2013 | 12:28 PM

Gareth Davis, Gleaner Writer



Three students are now in hospital following an early morning fire at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education in Portland which is believed to be the work of arsonists.




A fourth student was treated and release.



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 broke windows to the room in an attempt to rescue the persons after the fire engulfed the dormitory room.



Firefighters were alerted.



They managed to extinguish the fire, which was partially contained, and carried out cooling down operations.



The firefighters say they recovered plastic bottles containing fuel along the corridor of the dorm.



And the police say they are following strong leads based on statements made by an alleged eyewitness.



President of CASE Dr Mary Nichols has condemned the incident and has vowed that the perpetrators will be held accountable for their actions.



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