fire outbreak
fire outbreak

Three people are feared dead and several injured in a fire incident that occurred around 2pm on Tuesday, July 10, at the Peace Park Plaza, Utako in Abuja, the building harbouring Peoples Daily Newspapers.
Eyewitnesses at the scene told Nigerian Pilot that the outbreak started from a minor electric-circuit spark that was intensified after the management of the plaza failed to identify the fire on time, leading to parts of the whole building engulfed by the fire.
An observer who simply gave his name as Mr. Ben said nobody was directly affected by the fire, but for safety of their lives, occupants had to jump down from the three-storey building with hopes of landing on mattresses provided by onlookers, who were first to offer rescue services to those affected at the scene.
While speaking with security personnel at the scene, he explained that their attempt to rescue occupants proved abortive as those who jumped from the third floor landed unprotected, thereby leaving three dead and others severely injured.
He also revealed that it was the immediate intervention of the men of the Nigerian Fire Service that salvaged the situation from completely getting out of control.
Meanwhile, some of the occupants blamed the management for the manner the building was constructed.
An anonymous respondent said the building was not properly erected, that there was no emergency exit that would have reduced the number of recorded casualties.
Value of property lost was confirmed as at the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile, the management of the plaza put both the entrance and exit paths of the building under lock and keys in order to avoid looting/stealing by onlookers.
All attempts to speak with the management of the building proved abortive as the manager declined from making any comment.


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