Fire Outbreak Recorded In Section Of National Assembly

A file photo of the National Assembly in Abuja.

 

A section of the National Assembly was engulfed in fire on Thursday.

According to a statement signed by spokesperson of the parliament building, Agada Rawlings Emmanuel, the fire was trigged by an electrical fault.

“There was a fire incident this evening in one of the Jenitors, located on the 2nd floor, Room 227 in the new-wing, of the House of Representatives, suspected to have resulted from an electrical fault which was noticed by one of the Staff to the Clerk, House of Representatives, who promptly alerted the Federal Fire Service Unit stationed in the National Assembly Complex,” the statement said.

“Accordingly, the fire have be put out with assistance of staff on duty who immiediately broke into the affected office and effectively deployed Stationed fire extinguishers on the floor before the arrival of the fire service officer.

“Consequently, the combined prompt efforts, curtained the fire to the affected office only and power supply to the wing put off to enable a full assessment and investigations into the incident.

“It is expected that, after due assessment by the fire service and the Estate and works directorates, Normalcy in the New-Wings, housing all principal officer’s of the House of Representatives and Honourable members office’s,will be restored immiediately.

“Management wish to commend the prompt response/ actions by the first responders particularly, National Assembly staff and the Fire Service Unit in helping to curtain the fire outbreak.”

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Traders at the popular commodity market at Bodija are counting their losses after a fire incident that razed at least 38 shops, leaving two injured in the process.

Sections of the market at Ori-Igi, Daleko and Iso Ẹlẹwà, were affected by the fire which was reported to have started in the wee hours of Monday.

The cause of the fire was unclear at the time of this reporting but goods and property worth millions of naira were lost.

Fire Guts Filling Station In Kano

This photo combination shows a filling station engulfed by fire in Kano on June 2, 2022.
This photo combination shows a filling station engulfed by fire in Kano on June 2, 2022.

 

An AA Rano filling station in Kano metropolis was gutted by fire on Thursday.

A tricycle was caught up in the incident.

As of the time of this reporting, the fire service were already at the scene.

The cause of the inferno or number of casualties is yet unknown.

Fire Guts Two Tankers In Kano

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A map of Kano, a state in north-west Nigeria.

 

Two tankers belonging to a coaltar manufacturing company have been gutted by fire at Hadeija road in the Kano metropolis.

Residents in the area raised an alarm after they sighted smoke coming from the premises around 6:55 am on Wednesday.

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Following the distress calls, the Kano State Fire Service arrived at the scene at about 7:00 am to contain the fire.

While the exact cause of the incident is yet to be known, the Public Relations Officer of the service, Yusuf Abdullahi, said it may have been a result of the hoodlums smoking around a nearby refuse dump.

Fire Guts Section Of Asokoro Hospital In Abuja

 

A section of Asokoro Hospital was gutted on February 17, 2022. Soonest Nathaniel/Channels Television
A section of Asokoro Hospital was gutted on February 17, 2022. Soonest Nathaniel/Channels Television

 

A section of the Asokoro Hospital in Abuja was engulfed in fire on Thursday.

It is not yet clear if there were any casualties or what triggered the fire.

As of the time of filing this report, the fire had been put out.

“Our men have brought under control the fire at Asokoro General Hospital, Abuja,” the Federal Fire Service said in a tweet.

Fire Breaks Out At South African Parliament In Cape Town

A general view of a building on fire at the South African Parliament precinct in Cape Town on January 2, 2022. A major fire broke out in the South African parliament building in Cape Town on January 2, 2022. Firefighters were present at the building as large flames and a huge column of smoke were seen at around 0530 GMT. Obed Zilwa / AFP

 

A major fire broke out at South Africa’s seat of parliament in Cape Town early Sunday, sending a thick column of smoke into the sky and threatening the National Assembly building.

The fire was believed to have started in one of the older buildings in the parliament precinct, leading to a security cordon nearby the cathedral where anti-apartheid icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu was buried just hours before.

“The roof has caught fire and the National Assembly building is also on fire,” a spokesman for the city’s emergency services told AFP, requesting reinforcements at the scene.

“The fire is not under control and cracks in the walls of the building have been reported,” he added.

No one was believed to have been harmed and the cause of the blaze was not yet known.

Emergency services said that the “fire is currently on the third floor — initial reports indicate it started in the office space and is spreading toward the gymnasium”.

‘Situation Under Control’

The fire broke out in a former parliament building at around 0300 GMT on Sunday.

Flames and smoke were visible above the building in the early morning, according to AFP journalists at the scene.

Concerned Cape Town residents quickly shared pictures of the fire on Twitter.

Former Cape Town mayor and current minister Patricia de Lille told reporters at the scene that the “actual National assembly is still safe”.

“Fire Service have the situation under control,” she added.

Firefighter reinforcements arrived at the scene, using a crane to spray water on the flames.

Emergency services feared the fire could spread swiftly through the old rooms, which are decorated with thick carpets and curtains.

The area around the fire in the upmarket neighbourhood was quickly cordoned off.

The cordon stretched to where flowers were still displayed in front the nearby St. George’s Cathedral, where Tutu’s funeral took place on Saturday.

After a simple, no-frills mass, with a cheap coffin — according to the famously modest Tutu’s instructions — his ashes were interred in the cathedral.

While Cape Town is home to South Africa’s seat of parliament, including the National Assembly and upper House National Council of Provinces, the government is based in Pretoria.

The Houses of Parliament in Cape Town consist of three sections, including the original and oldest building that was completed in 1884.

The newer additions — constructed in the 1920s and 1980s — house the National Assembly.

Cape Town suffered a previous fire in April when a blaze on the famed Table Mountain which overlooks the city spread, ravaging part of The University of Cape Town’s library holding a unique collection of African archives.

Shops, Houses Destroyed In Ebonyi Fire Outbreak

 

An inferno has gutted some houses, lock-up shops and property worth millions of  Naira around the Mile 50 layout, off Mile 50 road in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.

The incident occurred late Monday at Aliugbala Eze Street.

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The Assistant Superintendent of Police in the state, Mr Yakubu Zekeri, who confirmed the incident to Channels Television, said no life was lost.

He also stated that none of the occupants of the buildings sustained injuries.

According to Mr Zekeri, the timely intervention of men of the state fire department helped to prevent the inferno from spreading to other buildings nearby.

One Dead, Many Injured In Taraba State University Fire Outbreak

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A file photo of the front gate of the Taraba State University in Jalingo.

 

A 100-level student of the Taraba State University has been reported dead following a fire outbreak at the female hostel of the institution.

The victim identified as Emoseh Lawi was a student of the Tourism Department of the university.

An eyewitness told Channels Television that the incident occurred on Friday night when Lawi was sleeping and that she was unaware of the fire outbreak.

She reportedly inhaled smoke, which led to her being unconscious.

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Her fellow students were reported to have forced the door and windows open to pull her out but she was confirmed dead at the state specialist hospital where she was rushed to.

Screenshots from videos of the fireoutbreak.

 

”I was told the said lady went to read all through the night for her examination and returned very weak, hence she slept off.

”The cause of this fire is from an electrical socket which sparked repeatedly and suddenly gutted the mattress next to it from which it spread all over.

”When she was brought out of the hostel, she was totally unconscious and could barely stand before the school security men came to pick her up with a Toyota Hilux and she was rushed to the hospital,” the eyewitness said.

The Institution’s Information Director Sa’ad Mohammed confirmed the incident to Channels Television. He said the root cause of the fire outbreak must be uncovered to avoid future occurrences.

He disclosed that the management of the institution was doing everything possible to ensure that the tension is brought under control.

The Taraba State Police Public Relations Officer, Usman Abdullahi also confirmed the incident, stressing that the police have commenced an investigation into the incident.

Nigeria Immigration Commences Investigation Into Cause Of Fire Outbreak

Scenes of the fire outbreak at Nigeria Immigration Service Headquarters, Abuja.

 

The technical team of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has commenced an investigation into the cause of the fire outbreak at its headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The fire outbreak which occurred on Sunday affected three sections of the headquarters building.

The Comptroller General of NIS, Muhammad Babandede while speaking with journalists in Abuja on Monday listed the affected sections to include the Call Center where about 10,000 calls are received, within and outside Nigeria on passport and visa matters.

Also affected is the Interpol Connectivity where the Service says they have lost connectivity with the airport and 24 locations and the Migration Information and data analysis system.

Babandede added that hard disks have been retrieved by the ICT team.

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The Immigration boss assured Nigerians that the setback would not affect their services as they are working to ensure connectivity, would be restored in about four days.

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Interior and Representative of the Minister, Shuaib Belgore in his address said all the systems are backed up, and no data was lost.

He said he is delighted at the prompt response that was given to the incident, and all hands are on deck to ensure transparency in the investigation process.

The Nigeria Immigration Service on Sunday announced via its Twitter handle that a fire incident occurred at the Service Headquarters in the morning.

The fire was put out by our Federal Fire Station and support from other agencies around the Airport.

Fire Razes Ondo Radio Station Office, SUBEB Annex

 

Property worth millions of naira have been destroyed following a fire outbreak at the commercial department of Ondo State Radio and Television stations (OSRC) and the annex office of the Ondo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in Akure, the state capital.

According to eyewitnesses, the inferno started at the SUBEB annex office at midnight affecting two complex buildings.

As at early morning when Channels Television crew got to the scene, part of the building was still on fire.

The Director of OSRC commercial department, Yinka Badede said many important documents, as well as staff personal belongings, were destroyed in the fire outbreak

At the SUBEB office, the Permanent Secretary said many valuables such as teachers’ records, database of all records as well as office equipment were burnt.

A business owner, Bankole Adu lamented that goods worth over N2million were consumed in the inferno.

He appealed to the government to come to his aid as his entire source of livelihood has been burnt.

Although the cause of the inferno is yet to established, the authorities assured that investigation will be done to detect and put in place measures to prevent the re-occurrence of such incident.

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Firefighters Battle To Contain Warehouse Inferno In Ogba

Firefighters work to quench an inferno at Ogba, Lagos on August 13, 2020.
Firefighters work to quench an inferno at Ogba, Lagos on August 13, 2020.
Two warehouses belonging to Guinness PLC caught fire in Ogba, Lagos, on Thursday morning, the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service said.
According to a press statement put out by the Service, the fire started at about 3 am.
“A distress call was received at about 0330hrs to Wemco Road, Ogba where it was discovered on arrival that twin warehouses belonging to Guinness PLC was on fire,” the Service’s Acting Head, Mrs. Margaret Adeseye confirmed in the statement.
She said that immediately the call was received firefighters, from Alausa and Ilupeju Stations, were deployed to the scene of the incident.
Adeseye added that the cause of the inferno that gutted the warehouses, which are used for storing plastic containers and bottles, is yet to be ascertained at the moment.
 While saying that the rescue operations by the firefighters to put off the fire is already at the conclusion stage, she confirmed no deaths or injuries have been recorded as a result of the incident.

Arson Probe Launched After Fire Damages French Cathedral

This photograph taken on July 18, 2020, shows the damage inside the Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral in Nantes, western France. Sebastien SALOM-GOMIS / AFP
This photograph taken on July 18, 2020, shows the damage inside the Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral in Nantes, western France. Sebastien SALOM-GOMIS / AFP

 

Fire erupted in the gothic cathedral of Nantes in western France on Saturday before being brought under control, sparking an arson investigation and leaving Catholic officials lamenting the loss of priceless historical artefacts.

The cathedral’s 17th century organ was destroyed and its platform was in danger of collapsing, said regional fire chief Laurent Ferlay, but added the damage was not comparable to last year’s devastating blaze at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Passers-by saw flames behind the windows of the Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul and alerted the emergency services just before 08:00 am (0600 GMT).

Around 100 firefighters rushed to the scene and managed to control the blaze at the gothic structure, built between 15th and 19th centuries, said Ferlay.

Nantes prosecutor Pierre Sennes noted that the fire had started in three different places, meaning a judicial investigation for possible arson was opened, although no conclusions had yet been drawn.

“When we arrive at a place where a fire has taken place, when you see three separate fire outbreaks, it’s a question of common sense, you open an investigation,” Sennes told AFP.

‘An unimaginable loss’

Local Catholic official Father François Renaud, who oversees the cathedral, surveyed the damage with firemen on Saturday morning and told AFP the great organ had “completely disappeared”, describing it as “an unimaginable loss”.

“The console of the choir organ has gone up in smoke along with the adjoining wooden stalls. Original stained glass windows behind the great organ have all shattered,” he said.

Firefighters are at work to put out a fire at the Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral in Nantes, western France, on July 18, 2020. Sebastien SALOM-GOMIS / AFP
Firefighters are at work to put out a fire at the Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral in Nantes, western France, on July 18, 2020. Sebastien SALOM-GOMIS / AFP

 

While the blaze was still raging, President Emmanuel Macron tweeted his support for “our firefighters who are taking all the risks to save this gothic jewel”.

Prime Minister Jean Castex said he would visit the scene later on Saturday along with other ministers, telling reporters he wanted to know what happened “but first I’m going to show my solidarity with the people of Nantes”.

The building was last hit by fire in 1972 and its roof took more than 13 years to repair.

Ferlay played down any comparison with Notre-Dame, which caught fire during repair work in April last year.

Reinforced roof

Much of Notre-Dame’s roof and wooden structure was destroyed, its steeple collapsed and fumes containing toxic molten lead billowed into the air. The structure will take years to repair.

Another religious building in Nantes — the Basilica of St Donatian and St Rogatian — was struck by a fire in 2015 that destroyed three-quarters of its roof.

A French Police officer gestures as firefighters are at work to put out a fire at the Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral in Nantes, western France, on July 18, 2020. Sebastien SALOM-GOMIS / AFP
A French Police officer gestures as firefighters are at work to put out a fire at the Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral in Nantes, western France, on July 18, 2020. Sebastien SALOM-GOMIS / AFP

 

“I would like to stress that following the 1972 fire, the roof was redone with concrete reinforcement,” Ferlay said.

He said emergency crews had tried to make sure that works of art inside the building had been protected.

The cathedral’s organ was first built in 1621 and has undergone five restorations since — the latest one ending in 1971.

During the 18th century revolutionary period the authorities had wanted to melt down its pipes for scrap, but the organist intervened and argued that the instrument could instead be used for “revolutionary ceremonies”, according to historian Paul Chopelin.

 

AFP