By PETER WARI DWU journalism student
MADANG Technical College’s double dormitory building was gutted by fire last Friday afternoon.
The college is one of the oldest technical colleges in the country.
Fire broke out while the staff and students were busy with their daily activities at 3pm.
Smoke and flames were spotted in the male students’ dormitory upstairs.
Students returning from their lectures were shocked to see smoke bellowing from their dormitory.
The students alerted security and staff who immediately called the Madang Fire Service.
Madang firemen arrived at the scene in about 20 minutes time to put out the fire.
The top floor of the building was gutted.
The cause of the fire is not known but it is believed the fire was due to electrical faults.
Occupants of the dormitory, first and second year plumbing sheet metal students lost all their belongings, including certificates, clothes, beddings and other important documents.
Emmanuel Woken, a second year Technical Trades Certificate (TTC) student, told The National with tears rolling down his face that he lost everything, including his Grade 10, 12 and attainment certificates.
“The shirt, trousers and thongs that I’m wearing today are the only belongings I have now,” he said.
Students from Divine Word University, Maritime College, Tusbab Day Secondary and Kusbau Primary School also noticed the building on fire and rushed out of their classrooms to watch.