An inferno has occurred within the premises of Ile Oodua Palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, razed down a building and destroyed properties.
According to a source at Enuwa, Ile-Ife, where the palace is located, the incident happened around 11:30 pm Friday. He when the smoke was noticed, the entire premises was thrown into panic, as those within the vicinity rallied efforts to prevent the fire from spreading to other parts of the palace.
The monarch’s spokesperson, Moses Olafare, issued a statement obtained in Osogbo on Saturday, said no casualty, no loss of any cultural item or injury was recorded in the inferno and blamed the incident on a power surge.
The statement reads in part, “A building apartment within the courtyard of the Palace Of The Ooni Of Ife was at about 11:30 pm yesterday engulfed in flames of fire incident triggered by a power surge which exploded through electrical appliances in the affected apartment.
“The inferno did not spread beyond the affected building located at a section of the palace premises, as it was swiftly put off through the combined efforts of the Government Fire Service, OAU Fire Service & Palace Emergency Control Unit.
“No casualties, no injuries recorded, no cultural items lost,” Olafare said.