Crime

Fire Destroys Shopping Complex in Ibadan

Cries of pain, loss and regret enveloped the atmosphere at Odo-Ona Elewe, Orita Challenge Area of Ibadan when a shopping complex was gutted by fire Thursday evening.

Crowd of sympathisers besieged the area when the fire broke out.

The complex housed a studio apartment, computer office and residential apartment on the first floor, a hospital which belongs to the owner of the building at the second floor and about six other shops at the ground floor with the first floor completely razed by the fire.

Radio Nigeria correspondent learnt that few patients at the hospital ran for safety when they heard the alarm of fire outbreak.

When approached, victims of the fire incident declined comments as the loss of their property was too grievous.

It took the intervention of the men of the Oyo State Fire Service men to check the fire from affecting other parts of the building.

Officer in charge of the fire service team, Mr. Gbadebo Odebunmi said the cause of the fire could not be ascertained at the moment.

Mr. Odebunmi also said that no casualty was recorded and no person sustained injury.

Olaitan Oye-Adeitan

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