Abeokuta, fire said to have been sparked by a faulty air conditioner gutted a lotto office in the western Nigerian town of Ijebu Ode in Ogun state.
The Lotto office sat on the popular Ibadan Road and belonged to the Ijebu business magnate, Chief Kessington Adebutu, a.k.a. Baba Ijebu. The Lotto office in Ijebu Ode People watched helplessly as the two-storey building burnt, until the fire service men arrived.
Witnesses said the fire caused pandemonium in the area as many of the staff were seen jumping down to the rescued hands of the sympathisers outside. According to one witness:"We were inside the bank when suddenly we were asked to move out that there was a fire outbreak at the building beside the bank.
We all ran outside to see people on the main road and serious gridlock had occurred. Some boys were seen jumping down from the building and people were rescuing them but I can confirm to you that there was no casualty as at this time because all the workers inside were saying nobody remained inside the building again", he disclosed.