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Property worth millions of naira destroyed as fire razes houses in ilorin

According to the report obtained by Sho Pen Online, The incident left over 120 people homeless.



A fire outbreak occurred in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State, resulting in the destruction of property valued at millions of naira on Monday.

According to the report obtained by Sho Pen Online, The incident left over 120 people homeless.

The initial disaster was reported around 11:08 am at Megida Onikanhun Compound, Edun Isale, Ilorin South Local Government Area.

The Kwara State Fire Service responded promptly, managing to control and extinguish the flames within an hour.

According to Hassan Adekunle, the spokesman for the state fire service, the fire engulfed the entire compound and Edun Market due to a late call, leading to the dismantling of part of the fence for better access.

At 11:22 am, a request for additional manpower was sent to the brigade headquarters, and proficient firefighters successfully brought the situation under control before completely extinguishing the fire.

Investigation revealed that an unknown person had set refuse on fire, initially mistaken for harmless smoke, which unfortunately spread to the nearby compound.

Hassan, the Head of the Department of Media, expressed condolences to Magaji Megida Onikanhun’s representative, Kuranga Yunus Adebayo.

He commended the fire service’s efforts, stating that the fire incident left over 120 occupants homeless, affected 44 rooms, and a mosque in the 75-room Magaji Onikanhun’s Compound. Fortunately, there were no casualties.

The Federal Fire Service and officers from the Department of Disaster Management, NSCDC, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), and operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps were on the ground to ensure crowd control and prevent potential looting, safeguarding both market goods and the firefighters.

Prince Falade John Olumuyiwa, the Director of the Kwara State Fire Service, urged the general public to exercise caution during this period and promptly call the fire brigade in case of emergencies, emphasizing that this would save lives and protect properties in the state.

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