Enugu State Broadcasting Service guts fire

The Headquarters of the Enugu State Broadcasting Service located at the Independence Layout near Agric Bank Junction was on Tuesday morning gutted by fire.

While the cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained as of the time of filing this report, It was gathered that the inferno have completely destroyed the newsroom and presenters office. HD Cameras and computer laptop of one of the staff was burnt to ashes.

Male Staff of the station on condition of anonymity, said that the fire started shortly after the station was opened for the early morning broadcast around 5.30am to 6.00am when a generator was put on.

He said that safe for the timely response of the State Fire Service, the entire station would have been gutted by fire.

The General Manager of the station, Chukwuma Ogbonna, who spoke after the fire was put out by firefighters, lamented that the incident was the second fire incident at the station this year.

Ogbonna revealed that the current incident could be attributed to power surge, however, the first incident had remained a puzzle.

“I really thank God that the Fire Service came on time and saved the station otherwise I don’t know what could have happened. The firefighters have put out the fire. It didn’t destroy many things, at least we can go on air.”

He reiterated on the previous fire incident, Ogbonna said “that one happened in our store and all the equipment were totally destroyed. Till today the cause of that fire has remained a puzzle because there was no electricity supply to that store.

“After the incident, police interviewed all the staff and their report hasn’t been released. So it has remained a puzzle. But this one that happened today can be attributed to a power surge. I think there was a problem at the control panel that led to the fire incident this morning.”

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