By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
A popular brothel in Osogbo, Osun state capital was on Friday, 12th December, 2014 gutted by fire, a situation which has left the inhabitants of the building stranded.
According to eye witnesses’ account, the brothel popularly known as “Angle 90” and situated at 20, Ajibade street, Off Mosalasi Igbona area in Osogbo was gutted by inferno allegedly caused by electricity surge.
Although no casualty was recorded, the inferno razed some rooms of the bungalow building where fun-seekers besiege for relaxation and also patronise the commercial sex workers inhabiting the brothel.
Properties worth thousands of naira were said to have been damaged by the inferno.
According to one of the eye witnesses at the scene of the incident, Mr Olayinka Olalekan, the fire started in one of the rooms in the building.
Olalekan who blamed the occupants of the building for the fire noted that they were careless.
He said if not for the timely intervention of the men of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC), the case would have been worse.
The eye witness however expressed displeasure at outdated equipment being used by the state government fire service who came barely ten minutes after the men of NSCDC stormed the scene urging the government to provide them with modern facilities.
Also speaking, an Inspector of Corps in Olorunda local government division that led men of the NSCDC to the scene of the incident, Mr Rauf Olayiwola, said his team quickly responded to a distress call by a resident of the area.
He said the inferno was as a result of electricity surge that led to the breakdown of the circuit box thus extending to the rooms of the building.
The occupants of the brothel were seen expressing dismay at the fire incident even as they warned this reporter against taking their photograph.