Investigations into UJ lecture hall fire launched

A lecture hall was set alight this afternoon, forcing students to leave their classes.

University of Johannesburg Bunting Road campus. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The University of Johannesburg(UJ) says investigations have begun into a fire at its Bunting Road campus.

A lecture hall was set alight this afternoon, forcing students to leave their classes.

It's unclear at this stage if the fire has anything to do with the fees must fall protests at the campus.

The scene of a fire at the UJ Bunting Road campus has been cordoned off for investigations.





The lecture hall which was set alight was not in use at the time and has incurred some damages.

At this stage, officials say a projector, a screen and the roof of the room have been damaged.

Shortly after the fire was reported, the university's security officials combed through a nearby library where it was believed those behind the blaze may have been hiding.



But management says it can't speculate about what happened and will allow the police to do their job.

Meanwhile, students say they thought they would be able to continue with their academic programme today, and were surprised by a fire the campus.

The large contingent of officials who were at the campus has since left, leaving forensic investigators who are probing the incident.

One student says she thought things would go back to normal after yesterday's protest.

"Yesterday, we were striking, but today it was subtle and everybody was attending classes until we heard that."

Students who were in nearby lecture halls say they didn't see anyone enter the room and only realised something was wrong when they saw smoke.