Fire guts Mark’s Benue residence

The residence of former Senate President David Mark in Otukpo, Benie state, was Thursday gutted by fire.

Sources said the inferno was caused by fire from a nearby bush bordering the fence of the lawmaker’s residence, burning the two ambulance vehicles as well as over 15 motorcycles within the premises.

Efforts by some domestic staff to put out the fire before the arrival of teh fire fighting service, were unsuccessful.

Confirming the incidence in a statement, an aide to the lawmaker, Mr Elijah Adakole, said no life was lost.

Tiitled “Fire incident at David Mark’s Otukpo house,” the statement said: “Earlier this morning (Thursday 2nd 2020), fire incident was reported in the Otukpo residence of the former Senate President, Senator (Dr) David Mark.

“The cause of the incident is yet to be ascertained but some properties including 15 motorcycles and two vehicles were burnt.

“The arrival of the Fire Service personnel prevented the inferno from spreading to the entire building. The fire has since been put out. No life was lost.”