On Friday, November 13, fire gutted a section of the office of the special assistant to Ebonyi state governor on Petroleum Products pricing and Distribution located at the government house.
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state
Premium Times reports that some staff on duty managed to bring the fire under control using the available fire extinguishers.
However, a real drama erupted between officers of the state fire service and some government house workers as the exit gate was shut against them. The workers insisted that they should not take away the fire extinguishers as it was directed by leader of the team.
A senior accountant at the government house interfered in the squabble and the gate was finally opened.
Speaking with journalist, Sunday Nweze, a staff who used the available fire fighting facilities to put out the fire, said:
“We were here at the gate when people started shouting fire! Fire! And running around confused and aimlessly.
“When I got there, I saw that fire had gutted a section of the office of the SA on Petroleum. I know how to operate the fire extinguishers, because I was trained on fire fighting by one a Senior Fire Man, Mr Benjamin Igbota.
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“I am a gate man and I work in the office of the Principal Secretary. When the fire service personnel came, they started shouting on me as if they did not like my quenching the fire.
“They wanted to carry the fire extinguishers cylinders so I said no you shouldn’t do that.”
Owo James, the chief fire officer in charge of the government house, noted that that when his team arrived, the fire was already under control.
“We are happy the fire is under control now. From what we heard it is from the socket, the joint box, you can see the number of wires connected to a particular joint, which is where the fire could have come from,” he said.
When asked to comment on the misunderstanding between his team and the workers, he said: “I was telling them that they should not struggle over our equipment”.
Earlier this year, a mysterious fire wreaked havoc in the Ebonyi State House of Assembly.
Some sections of the House of Assembly were destroyed by the raging inferno, which also gutted office equipments estimated at several millions of naira.
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