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Fire disaster averted at House of Reps

Men of the Federal Fire Service have prevented a major fire incident at a storage-room in the House of Representatives.

Reports say the fire, which broke out on the 2nd floor, room 227 in the new-wing of the House, National Assembly complex, Abuja, started at about 6:30pm on Thursday as staffers scrambled to put it out.

When contacted, the Director of Information, House of Representatives, Rawlings Agada, confirmed the incident, blaming it on an electrical fault.

Mr Agada said the clerk of the House raised the alarm when he saw the smoke, and that fire service men arrived on time to put out the blaze.

He added that the combined efforts of the firemen and staffers helped to restrict the fire to the affected office, as power supply to the wing was switched off to enable a full assessment and investigation of the incident.

Issuing a statement shortly afterwards, Mr Agada said: “There was a fire incident this evening in one of the Janitors, located on the 2nd floor, Room 227 in the new-wing, of the House of Representatives, suspected to have resulted from an electrical fault which was noticed by one of the Staff to the Clerk, House of Representatives, who promptly alerted the Federal Fire Service Unit stationed in the National Assembly Complex.

“Accordingly, the fire has been put out with assistance of staff on duty who immediately broke into the affected office and effectively deployed Stationed fire extinguishers on the floor before the arrival of the fire service officer.”

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor