Bush fire guts MTN mast, residential building in Anambra

Bush fire rekindled by an unidentified person has reportedly razed some properties of the telecommunications giant, MTN Nigeria situated in Awka, the Anambra state capital.

Blueprint gathered that the inferno which started around 11am on Friday burnt to ashes the power generating set in the MTN mast located at no. 69 Dr Billy Okoye Boulevard Street, Agu-Awka.

The Director, Anambra State Fire Service, Engr. Martin Agbili, who confirmed the incident averred that his men controlled and extinguished the fire after hearkening to a distress call of the fire outbreak at about 12.25pm.

“The generator at the mast site was completely damaged but other equipment at the site were saved. The cause of the fire was careless bush burning which spread to the Mast,” he said.

Agbili further revealed another fire incident same day which razed an upstair at a residential home in the popular Rockland Estate (Ngozika Estate extension), Awka.

“The probable cause of the fire is power surge that emanated from one of the master rooms at the Estate. Topmost parts of the building was burnt and completely destroyed by the fire, while the Fire Service saved all the ground floor of the building.

“Functional fire extinguishers could have saved that building after the owner saw the fire emanate from his room before taking minutes to spread. We later advised them accordingly. Time of distress call will always determine the response time. If you call in time, we will definitely locate the fire scene in time to do the needful,” he said.