The Kwara State Fire Service on Sunday saved two buildings in different locations in Ilorin, the state capital from destruction on Sunday.

One of the buildings comprising 12 rooms located at no 21 Oluwatoyin Street, Olorunsogo in Ilorin West Local Government Area of the state while the other was a storey building containing 10 shops on Unity Road opposite First Bank in Ilorin South Local Government Area of the state.

PUNCH Metro gathered that he two fire incidents were attributed to a surge in the power supply in the Ilorin metropolis.

According to the Head of Media and Publicity of the state Fire Service, Hassan Adekunle, the first incident happened early at 12.18 am while the other fire incident occurred at 4.09 am on Sunday.

He said, “On Sunday, July 7, 2024, at about 00:18 hours, the Kwara State Fire Service swiftly responded to a distress call reporting a fire at No. 21 Oluwatoyin Street, Olorunsogo, Ilorin, Kwara State.

“Upon arrival, firefighters encountered a six-room building with two rooms ablaze. Acting quickly, the gallant firefighters utilised their expertise and skills to contain and extinguish the fire, preventing further destruction.

“Subsequent investigation determined that the fire was caused by a power surge.”

In another fire incident which occurred in the early hours of the same Sunday, around 04:09 hours, the firefighters responded to another fire incident at No. 1 Unity Road, adjacent to First Bank in Ilorin, Kwara State.

Upon arrival, our correspondents learnt they found a block of 10 shops, with two shops ablaze. The firefighters immediately began efforts to extinguish the fire and minimise further damage.

“However, their progress was impeded by challenges with the electricity supply from the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company. SFO I Hassan Hakeem, Head of Media for the Kwara State Fire Service, contacted IBEDC’s control room to request the shutdown of the Unity feeder, enabling the firefighters to effectively combat the blaze.

“The shops affected by the fire were identified as a phone and gadget shop, as well as a boutique. Subsequent investigation revealed that the fire was caused by a power surge.

The Director of the Kwara State Fire Service, Prince Falade John, emphasised the importance of public safety awareness in light of the incident.