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Fire Guts Part Of Finance Ministry Building In Abuja

Sarah Wakili and Ronke Idowu  
Updated February 23, 2022
Picture showing smoke billowing from the Federal Ministry of Finance building in Abuja on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.

 

A fire outbreak has gutted part of a building at the Federal Ministry of Finance located in the Central Business District, Abuja.

Black smoke was seen billowing from a part of the building, following the fire outbreak on Wednesday morning.

The spokesperson of the Ministry of Finance, Olajide Oshundun told Channels Television that the fire started early morning around 6:50am. He added that some staff of the Ministry noticed smoke emanating from the room that houses the battery for an inverter.

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Oshundun said the fire was put out with fire fighting equipment at the Ministry within twenty minutes and that the effect of the fire incident is minor as it only affected the basement of the Ministry.

Also, the Federal Ministry of Finance in a tweet explained the cause of the fire outbreak.

According to them, the incident occurred on the corridor in the basement involving an isolated battery pack and it has been put out by the security personnel on duty.

 

The fire outbreak is just the latest of many that have affected government offices in Abuja.

In May 2020, a part of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) building in Abuja was gutted by fire.

A month before that incident, a building housing the office of the accountant-general of the federation (AGF) was gutted by fire.