The House of an Assistant Editor-in-Chief with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, located along Oke-Ureje, in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital, has been razed by fire.
The incident was caused by bush burning from some undeveloped plots of land besides the building, resulting in the destruction of the property worth over N2.5 million.
The fire razed a wing of the Apartment which housed two flats, from the roof to the properties in the house, devouring many household materials.
The properties affected include iron sheets, asbestos, ceiling planks, mattresses, bags of clothing materials, tables and chairs, rugs, carpets and curtains from window and doors.
Mr. Yemi Idris, while speaking on the fire incident said that it was the youths around the area, who rallied round to salvage the situation. He disclosed that the youths worked hand-in-hand with the security agencies who prevented the whole building from burning down during the fire accident.
Also, he said no member of the household was present at the time of the incident, but from information gathered, the owner of the undeveloped plots had some people working and clearing the land.
The editor, appealed to government to make it mandatory for owners of undeveloped plot be held responsible for any negative actions that may arise in terms of fire or other crisis like this.
He further advised that government to also take over such undeveloped plots of land if the owners refuse to make use of it, and endangering the lives and property of members of the public.