Phil-Hallmark Inferno: Obaseki Vows To Establish Cause Of Incident

Godwin Obaseki, Edo, Inferno, FireThe Edo State government has promised to conduct full investigation into the fire incident that gutted the Phil-Hallmark, the only ultra-modern shopping mall in Benin City.

Governor Godwin Obaseki spoke with reporters on Monday when he went on an on-the-spot inspection of the mall in the Edo State capital, south-south Nigeria.

The Governor, who was obviously shocked at the damage done to the mall, described the damage as catastrophic and a major disaster.

He said investigation would be conducted into the activities of the state fire
service.

Properties worth hundreds of millions of naira were said to have been destroyed by fire at the shopping mall located along Sapele road in the early hours of Sunday, December 11.

Witnesses who decried poor response by men of the Edo State Fire Service, said the inferno started at about 3:00AM from the top floor of the building.

Although the director of the agency, Agbonlahor Franklin, confirmed that no life was lost, he attributed their delayed response to lack of adequate equipment.

Fire Guts Phil-Hallmark Supermarket In Edo State

fireA fire incident has razed a shopping mall, Phil-hallmark supermarket, along Sapele road in Benin City, the Edo state capital.

The incident which occurred in the early hours of Sunday December 11, 2016, is said to have destroyed properties worth hundreds of millions of Naira.

According to some witnesses, the inferno started at about 3:00 am from the top floor of the building, they decried the poor response to the situation by men of the edo state fire service.

Speaking to journalists at the scene, the Director of the Edo State Fire Service, Agbonlahor Franklin, confirmed that no life was lost in the inferno, while attributing his agency’s delayed response, to lack of adequate equipment.

He however appealed to well-meaning individuals to assist the fire service when cases of this nature occur, adding that the cause of the fire could not be determined at this point.