About twelve corpses got burnt on Tuesday, in an early morning fire that razed the morgue of Anatomy Department of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State.
Spokesperson for Osun Police Command, Folasade Odoro, confirmed the incident.
She said no life was lost to the incident but about 12 corpses kept in the cabin inside the morgue were affected.
Odoro added that the detectives from the command were already investigating the cause of the incident.
When contacted Public Relations Officer of the university, Abiodun Olanrewaju, in a statement said about 102 bodies were kept in the morgue when the fire caused by power surge started around 3:00 am Tuesday.
According to him, 12 of the bodies were affected, as the timely intervention of the men of Security and Fire Services Unit of the university put the situation under control.
The statement reads, “the fire, which broke out at 3:00 am today, (Tuesday, 19th November 2019) was caused by electricity surge which affected a section of the Morgue where corpses are kept. Out of about One Hundred and Two (102) bodies that are kept in the Morgue, Twelve (12) were affected by the fire outbreak.
“The department has made detailed arrangements to duly and adequately inform those who have kept bodies (corpses) in the morgue.”
According to Olanrewaju, Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede and other principal officers had visited the scene to assess the level of damage and instructed immediate repairs to the affected areas.
“The VC has also constituted a three-member committee to look into the immediate and remote causes of the fire outbreak,” Olanrewaju concluded.