All of them were able to escape unharmed, although one was taken to hospital suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation. The university has offered the students alternative accommodation where the damage to the Kilimanjaro is repaired and a clean-up operation carried out.
The fire started in a stairwell in the basement of the building. A number of chairs caught fire.
An investigation has been launched into what caused cause of the blaze. However, Fire Service sources say that they believe that it was started deliberately.