“There was some smoke which resulted in fire but there were no active fires.”
The fire incident at the Federal Minisyry of Finance building, on Wednesday morning, was a minor one involving some inverter batteries and was quickly quenched, the federal fire service has said.
The spokesperson of the Federal Fire Service, Abraham Paul, said that the incident happened at the basement of the ministry where inverter batteries were kept.
He said no life was lost and no major injuries were sustained. But, not less than 20 high voltage batteries were destroyed.
“My men were there at 7 o’clock. It took us a few minutes. They called us from Garki, which is the headquarters of the Federal Fire Service and they also came down from the Federal Secretariat, which is very close. They also got a backup from Wuse Command,” Mr Paul said in an interview Wednesday morning.
“There was some smoke that resulted in fire because there was some spark from the inverter room.
“They have a room in the basement where they have the inverters. There was some smoke which resulted in fire but there were no active fires.”
In his account, the spokesperson of the ministry, Olajide Osundun, put the time of the incident at 6:50 a.m. when some staff of the ministry noticed smoke emanating from the basement.
Mr Osundun said the incident was put under control due to timely intervention from different quarters.
“Necessary alarm was raised and the internally provided fire fighting equipment were deployed and within about 15-20 minutes, the fire was put under control. Information was also sent to the Federal Fire Service system. Before they came, everything has been brought under control.
“The fire emanated from an exploded battery which then affected other batteries. About 10 to 16 batteries were affected. It only affected the battery compartment at the base of the ministry, it did not affect other parts of the building,” he told journalists at the ministry’s headquarters.
The incident at the ministry is coming almost two weeks after another government agency recorded a major fire outbreak.
Some offices at the headquarters of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) were burnt in the fire outbreak on February 10.(PREMIUM TIMES)