Fire on Thursday razed a fun spot known as Quality Link Park in Wuse Zone VII, Abuja at about 11:00 a.m.

Property worth more than N10 million was lost in the inferno.

The fire gutted two huts at the park.

The Managing Director of the facility, Chinemelu Onwughalu, described the incident as “unfortunate”.

He recalled that a similar incident happened four years ago, saying that the cause of the fire had been traced to the same person.

He, however, commended the FCT Fire Service Department for its timely response.

A gardener, Abijah Britus, who caused the fire, explained that it happened while he was clearing refuse at a church sharing fence with the park.

“I was asked to burn the grass by my elder in the church, known as Community of Hashem Worldwide, and I told him the fire can extend but he insisted that I should go ahead and burn the grass,” he said.

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The leader of the fire service team, Ijomah Azubuike, attributed the incident to “carelessness on the part of the young man burning grass close to the fence of the fun spot.

“He did not stay there and monitor the fire.

“This is what we call conventional fire, where smoke rise high above the fire level and breeze carries it sideways and then anywhere it touches it burns, especially this grass roof system.”

He said two huts of six huts in the park were partially razed though some items were recovered from the scene of the incident.

“For now, we cannot ascertain the cost of the materials damaged by the fire incident because we were not here before it broke out.

“We have to liaise with the owner of the building before we can ascertain the worth of what was destroyed.”

Azubuike advised people to exercise caution during the dry season and stop open burning of refuse.


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