A destructive fire at the Canadian embassy in Abuja on Monday reportedly resulted in the deaths of two individuals, while another person sustained serious injuries.
Witnesses reported that the fire ignited in the embassy’s power station during maintenance work.
The inferno took two lives, inflicted significant injuries on another, and one more individual managed to evacuate through the power station’s rooftop.
Reports suggest that the victims were members of the maintenance crew servicing the generator at the time of the unfortunate event.
The unexpected detonation of the generator is said to have forcefully ejected the deceased victims from the power station, as per sources.
Our correspondent was told by fleeing embassy employees that the fire began at 1pm and fire services units were swiftly sent to control the flames.
LEADERSHIP gathered that as an ambulance arrived for the wounded, embassy staff members were ushered to secure locations within the premise, such as behind trees and within the area of the boundary fence.
Amiola Adebayo, Head of Operations of the FCT Fire Department, confirmed the event, mentioning several casualties were promptly transported to the hospital.
Adebayo, however, decided not to share details regarding the cause of the fire or the nationality of the victims – whether they were expats or Nigerians.
Official comments or statements from the embassy regarding the incident were not available at the moment.