Again, men of Ondo State Fire Service are in the news for negative occurrence in the state.

Accusing fingers have been pointed at the fire fighters over the late Friday night inferno that gutted a chemical factory, Megadot Nigeria Ltd. located at the premises of Trade Fair Complex, Akure.

The fire outbreak, which was triggered by power surge, was said to have destroyed about 100 million Naira worth of products in the chemical factory.

According to neighbours who witnessed the incident, if fire service brigade had arrived on time, the damage would have been timely controlled.

Kingsley Nwafor, a boutique owner in Akure was among the residents who lamented the poor response of the fire fighters.

"For close to an hour, we were calling on them, but they didn't respond. If they had arrived within 30 minutes of distress call, the outcome would have still been managed."

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Also, Miss Abike Isijola thanked God that the fire did not escalate beyond the factory.

"We were really worried about the possibility of the fire spreading beyond it's source. It would have been a serious disaster.

"By the time the fire service arrived, the entire factory had already gone up in flames but thank God it didn't go beyond there," she said.

The fire incident, according to a staff of the company, consumed different kinds of chemicals used for the production of paints, thinner lacquer and some other products.

"It happened on Friday night when everyone had already gone home.

"We gathered from residential neighbours that the power fluctuation by the Benin Electricity Distribution Company must have caused the surge," she added.

In his visit to the scene of the incident, the Ondo State commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Taofeek Abdusalam, expressed sadness on the occurrence and promised that the state government would look into the matter.

Also, the spokesman of the state police command, Femi Joseph, who confirmed there was no loss of life in the inferno, maintained that it happened late in the night which made it difficult for quick intervention by the state fire service department.

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