The federal secretariat in Abuja, was on fire but authorities were able to bring the situation under control as the fire has been extinguished. Nevertheless, the vicinity of the complex remains in pandemonium, our correspondents say.
Spokesperson for the Federal Fire Service said it received an alert on the incident 30 minutes after the fire started, of which they quickly headed to the premises to handle the situation. The firemen are however said to be scrambling for ladders to climb up to the top floors where the fire began. He said there was no casualty in the incident but that his agency was yet to establish the cause of the fire.
According to a premium times reporter, the fire started from the section of the complex occupied by the Federal Ministry of Education and fire fighters are battled to save the inferno from spreading to adjourning buildings.
The fire, began at the sixth floor of the building and is believed to have affected the seventh and eighth floors.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but thick smoke, billowing into the sky, has engulfed the building and surrounding ones.
Workers in the building were seen scampering for safety while a number of staff and visitors are believed to be trapped in the complex.
Some workers at the complex said the fire equipment’s at the building were not functional, hampering efforts to extinguish the fire.
“All the fire extinguishers in the building have expired,” one official said. “That could have been used to extinguish the fire at it first started. But they didn’t work.”