Kwara State Fire Service has said that eight persons sustained varied degrees of injuries when a building gutted fire in the Elekoyangan area, Ilorin East Local Government.
This is contained in a statement signed by Hassan Adekunle, Head of Department, Media and Publicity, Kwara State Fire Service and made available to newsmen in Ilorin on Sunday.
According to him, on Saturday, November 18, 2023, at approximately 21:32 hours, the Kwara State Fire Service responded to a fire incident at Destiny Villa, Dola Abinbola Street, Elekoyangan area, Ilorin East Local Government, Kwara State.
“The firemen promptly departed from the station and upon arrival at the scene, they encountered a building with about 17 self-contained rooms fully ablaze.
“Four rooms were affected, and eight individuals sustained injuries. Despite the intense fire, the firefighters effectively contained and extinguished it through their skilled firefighting techniques.
“Upon investigation, it was revealed that a gas attendant at a nearby gas shop was refilling a gas cylinder positioned several meters above ground level.
“The cylinder fell and exploded, concurrently releasing gas from the charged hose used for refilling. This exacerbated the fire, resulting in injuries to seven Kwara State Polytechnic students and the gas attendant.
He said that the total estimated property saved was N72.2 million, while N14.6 million worth of property was lost to the fire incident.
In response to the incident, the Director of Kwara State Fire Service, Prince Falade John, dispatched his team to check on the affected students on Sunday, November 19, 2023.
The Director also urged the public to prioritize safety measures to prevent fire disasters.
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