A 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.
Traders and shop-owners in a mechanic village in the Isolo area of Lagos State, South-west Nigeria, are now counting their losses after a midnight fire that ravaged some shops there, resulting in the death of three sisters.
The three children – aged five, seven, and twelve, were reportedly left in one of the shops by their guardian before the fire incident.
Their corpses are said to have since been removed by Policemen from the Ejigbo Division.
Another fire incident was also reported to have happened on Toyin street in Ikeja, destroying five lock-up shops and a part of Divine International Hotel, but no life was lost in the incident.
The Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company limited (KRPC) has denied reports that a fire outbreak, which occurred on Thursday at the tanker loading area near the refinery, affected production and distribution of petroleum products.
He said the incident did not happen inside the refinery.
KRPC Manager, Public Affairs, Mr Abdullahi Idris, told Channels Television in a telephone interview that the fire, which gutted two tankers and injured two persons, was swiftly controlled by fire fighters.
“Production and distribution of petroleum products from the refinery was not affected by the development. The park where the fire incident occurred was some distance away from the refinery complex and so did not affect the operations of the refinery in anyway,” he said.
Mr Idris however said the management of the refinery had commenced investigation to determine the cause of the inferno with a view to averting a future re-occurrence.
An eyewitness said that some people were seen scooping petrol from a damaged tanker parked at the depot when it suddenly caught fire and spread to the next one. The eyewitness said the fire was, however, contained in less than 30 minutes.