A section of the palace of Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, in the Iga Iduganran area of Lagos Island has been gutted by fire.
Although, it could not be ascertained, it was learnt that the fire started from an air condition in an apartment inside the palace.
The incident attracted a crowd to the area. The palace gate was, however, shut to the crowd as firefighters from the Lagos State Fire Service, Shari Iganmu and Ilupeju stations, battled to put it out.
Smoke was sighted billowing from the roof of a section of the palace where the monarch’s traditional regalia were stored.
An alarm which alerted palace guards was raised, in the process of which efforts were made to contain the fire from spreading to other sections.
Everyone in the palace were reportedly conducted to safer places until the arrival of fire men. The fire was said to have destroyed clothing materials, beads among other traditional regalia.
South West spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency, Ibrahim Farinloye, described the incident as a minor one.
He said officials of the Federal and State Fire services brought the situation under control immediately they arrived the palace .
“The fire was contained within few minutes. There was no injury or casualty recorded”, Farinloye said.