No life was lost in the inferno.
The office of the Nasarawa State Ministry of Information and Ethical Re-orientation was gutted by fire on Friday morning.
The fire, which erupted in the ministry’s store, reportedly destroyed properties worth millions of naira. Prior to the arrival of the state fire service, the ministry staff tried to douse the fire using water and detergents.
When PREMIUM TIMES visited the scene of the incident, the commissioner, Hamza Elayo, and other senior staff of the ministry were seen running around, trying to put out the fire.
No life was lost in the inferno but archival materials such as calendars, historical documents, diaries and other electrical appliances were burnt.
Mr. Elayo told newsmen that the fire was a result of power fluctuation from Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, that it started around 10.30 am in the morning and was put out through the efforts of the ministry staff.
He said that the incident affected only the store and burnt mostly archival materials. He added that the store was undergoing re-organisation prior to the incident adding that experts would be invited from the state Ministry of Works to ascertain the level of damage in the building to avoid cracks that might lead to collapse.