On Wednesday night, a fire broke out in one of the rooms of the Beyers Naudé men’s residence at the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Bloemfontein campus. Thankfully, the fire was quickly contained, and all students were safely evacuated.
The incident occurred late in the evening when most students were either studying or preparing for bed. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but initial reports suggest it may have been an electrical fault. As soon as the fire alarm went off, residence staff members sprang into action, ensuring the safety of all residents.
The university’s emergency response team arrived promptly, working alongside the local fire department to extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading to other parts of the residence. Their swift action and coordinated efforts ensured that the situation was brought under control swiftly.
“The Mangaung fire department was quickly on the scene and the fire could be contained,” the university said in a statement.
“No-one was injured and the building has been declared safe by the UFS department of university estates.
“The cause of the fire is unknown and is being investigated by the university.”
While the room where the fire started suffered significant damage, the rest of the residence was largely unaffected. The university has made arrangements for the affected student to be temporarily relocated to another room while repairs are carried out.