Fidelis David in Akure
Fire at a palm kernel factory at the Industrial Park in Akure, the Ondo State capital, has destroyed property worth millions of Naira.
THISDAY gathered that the fire incident was caused by an electric power surge within the factory.
Specifically, the raw materials and the processing machines in the factory were razed down by the fire.
An eyewitness said that the fire had wreaked serious havoc on the factory before the arrival of the men of the Federal Fire Service to the scene.
The owner of the factory, Mr. Adesunloye Adeniyi, who said he had been in the palm kernel processing business for over 10 years, explained that equipment worth N10million were lost to the inferno.
Adeniyi said: “We just heard the spark from the (electricity) exchange box and the next thing everywhere was on fire. I had only five workers on ground that could not salvage the situation because everything was highly inflammable and spreading very fast.
“The goods I have lost are more that N10 million as I have two machines and each of them was worth more than N2,000,000. We had 500,000 tonnes of raw materials on ground. And each tonne cost N350,000 not to talk of the structure on ground.
“This is what I have been putting together for over 10 years now, it has gone down the drain.”