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Student jumps off building trying to save her life

19 March 2012, 13:45 Dennis Omido Ochande

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A student at the University of Nairobi is admitted at Kenyatta National Hospital with the hand and pelvic bone broken after she jumped from a third floor of a residential hall.

The lady, a first year Bachelor of Science student urgently needs blood group O+, to replace the blood she lost due to profuse bleeding during the incidence.

Her colleague said that, the lady whose room is near an electricity room that caught fire rushed to the neighbouring room, took a blanket, wrapped herself in, and then jumped through the window, fell on her side and was severely injured. Dorah Nasong’o, a resident in the hall, said that robbers had robbed from a kiosk in the hall, those in the kiosk called a friend on the third floor to alert security personnel.

When she opened the door, she saw smoke in the corridor and shouted fire. The ladies woke up and ran for safety, unfortunately, the emergency exit was closed and were forced to pass through the smoke.

Those with bare feet sustained minor burns as they escaped.

Rose Wanyama, heard the screams while on the second floor. “I never knew it was fire, I just opened the door, jumped out and followed people, questions were to come after I had saved my life,” she said.

In addition, she said that, her colleague was scared; her adrenaline had risen and thought that the fire had started from the ground floor, burned everyone and therefore tried to save her life. “One had to take heart to pass through the smoke,” she admitted.

It took courageous boys to save the situation. George Otieno said that, they were awoken by the screams at 3.00 am on Sunday. They rushed to the hall and saw bulbs burst and switch burn. Fortunately, they managed to switch off the main switch and put off the fire. “We chased the fire brigade because they came late, we had put off the fire,” George said.

As some people ran for their lives, some could not leave behind their valuables. “I took my documents and clothes, I could not leave them behind,” said Alice Wanjiku. Another student said that she was very lucky because she had been invited by a friend in Buruburu. She heard of the incident when a friend called her and had come to witness. No students’ properties were destroyed during the incident.

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