Two female students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) have died in a midnight fire at a hotel in Lagos. The two were said to have left school to attend a party but lodged at the hotel when it was late.
Roli Odogwu, a 200 level mass communication student and Linda Elegeonye, a 300 level law student died of burns days after they were trapped in the hotel room where they lodged as guests.
Until their death, the two students were residents of Fagunwa Hall. CAMPUSLIFE gathered that they left the campus to attend an evening event off campus. When it dawned on them that they could not return to the campus, they reportedly lodged in the hotel to pass the night.
The late Roli’s friend, whose name was not disclosed, said the deceased spoke to her mother to inform her of her decision to pass the night in the hotel.
It was gathered that the victims were asleep when the fire started from a faulty air conditioner, leaving them trapped for several minutes before they were rescued from the room. They sustained first-degree burns and were rushed to Gbagada General Hospital.
Last Saturday, August 5, Roli died at 4am and was buried at Atan Cemetery in Yaba. On Sunday, news broke that Linda, who had been in coma for six days had also died.
A friend, who pleaded for anonymity, said she was informed about the incident by a policeman who picked up the late Roli’s call on Tuesday.
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She said: “The policeman told me that the owner of the phone (Roli) and her friend were involved in a fire accident and they were unconscious. I was told they had been moved to Trauma and Burns Unit of the Gbagada General Hospital. I informed other friends and we went to the hospital. When we got there, we were not allowed to see them immediately. Three hours after, we were allowed in with their parents and other family members. Roli was conscious and responding to treatment, but Linda was still in a coma. The burns were severe and we hoped both could make it. We are deeply hurt by their death.”
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