A building of four bedrooms and ten shops was gutted by fire at Ile Olola Compound, Essa Junction along Olofa Way, Offa Local Government of Kwara State on Thursday.
According to the spokesman of the Kwara State Fire Service, Hassan Adekunle, in Ilorin, the fire service upon receiving an emergency distress call promptly responded and successfully reduced the menace of the fire, safeguarding nearby buildings from further damage.
Hassan added that out of the four bedrooms and 10 shops, the four bedrooms and three shops were significantly affected, leaving parts of the structure charred and unsafe for occupancy.
He further stated that preliminary investigations indicated that the fire was caused by a power surge, which ignited the inferno within the building. It was gathered that the incident destroyed properties worth thirty-nine point six million.
Meanwhile, the Director of Kwara State Fire Service, Prince Falade John Olumuyiwa, advised that to avoid similar incidents in the future, residents and property owners in the state should install and regularly maintain appropriate fire safety measures, including surge protectors, circuit breakers, and fire extinguishers.