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Fire guts radio station in Delta


A privately-owned radio station known as Rize FM in Ogunu, Warri South council area of Delta state, was early hours of Thursday, gutted by fire.

Properties estimated at over N250 million were destroyed in the raging inferno.

The Nation gathered that the fire was triggered by an electrical default at about 1am.

Firefighters were reportedly still at the scene as at 9 am.

While no casualty was recorded, the top floor of the storey building with broadcast equipment worth millions was completely razed down.

A statement to newsmen by the Head of Station, Laju Awala, said that the “inferno razed down the entire top floor of the building housing all three studios of the organization, the transmitting room, all broadcasting equipment, the news and current affairs department, all computer system and other major offices and property of the organization estimated at over N250m.”

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The statement further thanked the Delta State Fire Service, Shell Fire Service and other friends of the station who “responded to distress calls and worked collectively to put the fire off”.

It assured that “management is putting all efforts in place to get the station back on air,” but also appealed for support from members of the public and organisations.

When contacted, spokesman of the Delta State Police Command, DSP Bright Edafe, said the incident was triggered by an “electrical spark”.

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