A section of the palace of Ooni of Ife has been razed by fire which has been linked to a power surge.

The courtyard of the palace was gutted by fire at about 11:30pm on Friday, April 28, shortly after the electrical appliances in the affected apartment exploded.

It reportedly took the combined efforts of the fire service, palace aides and indigenes to put out the fire.

The palace spokesman, Otunba Moses Olafare, confirmed that the situation has been brought under control.

Olafare, in a statement, said the fire incident affected only a building within the courtyard and was quickly put out by the combined efforts of the State Fire Service Department and that of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ile.

The statement read: “A building apartment within the courtyard of the Palace of the Ooni Of Ife was, at about 11:30p.m. yesterday (Friday), engulfed in flames triggered by power surge which exploded through electrical appliances in the affected apartment.

“The inferno did not spread beyond the affected building located at a section of the palace premises.

“It was swiftly put out through the combined efforts of the Government Fire Service, OAU Fire Service and Palace Emergency Control Unit.

“No casualties or injuries were recorded, and no cultural items was lost. Thanks to the Almighty Olodumare.”


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