Fire breaks out at federal secretariat in Abuja



There has been a fire outbreak at the federal secretariat at the three arms zone in Abuja.


The building houses some government offices in the federal capital territory (FCT).


Ibrahim Muhammad, spokesperson, FCT fire service, in an interview with NAN, said an 18-seater bus was gutted by fire and was the only affected property in the building.


“An 18-seater coaster bus at the parking lot was the one on fire at the federal secretariat and it was probably a staff bus,” he said.


 “The fire started after the close of work. At about 5:11 pm when we were called, we turned up at the scene immediately.


“We were able to put the fire under control with the assistance of the federal fire service, but the bus was a write-off. We were also able to prevent the fire from spreading to other parts of the building.”


Muhammad added that no life was lost.


This is not the first time the secretariat will be affected by a fire outbreak.


In 2017, a fire broke out on the third floor of the secretariat, in the building which houses the ministry of health.


The inferno, which was reportedly caused by an “electrical spark”, was said to have been immediately put out by firefighters.


No lives or office files were reported lost in the incident.


Earlier this year, a fire had broken out at the headquarters of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) in Abuja.


The incident came months after two buildings at the World Trade Centre in Abuja were razed.

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