The fire outbreak which engulfed a section of the palace of the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu on Tuesday reportedly emanated from an air conditioner in the palace.
The incident which attracted a huge crowd to the Palace came barely one week after the Oba publicly snubbed the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.
According to PUNCH, a source said that Oba Akiolu was around when the incident happened. Reports have it that the palace authorities refused address Journalists on the incident.
“The fire started around 1.30pm. The fire service arrived 1.50pm. Except the emergency officials, nobody was allowed to enter. The gate was shut. A lot of policemen were on the ground.
“The fire started from one of the air conditioners in the palace. I learnt the kabiyesi (Akiolu) was inside the palace when the incident happened”, the source told PUNCH.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, who confirmed the incident.
He said, “The state and federal fire services, Julius Berger and United Bank for Africa fire services, as well as LASEMA, were on the ground. They put out the fire around 3.30pm. No life was lost.
“The Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, and other senior officers were also at the scene. Investigations are ongoing to ascertain the cause of the fire.”