There was a fire outbreak at the Obollo-Afor Office of the Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State on Thursday night.
A statement released by the spokesperson of the state Police Command, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, said operatives attached to the Udenu police division received a distress call at about 9pm about a fire outbreak at the INEC office.
He said the officers immediately raced to the scene while contacting Fire Service Office in the area to promptly put out the fire.
Ndukwe noted that preliminary investigation suggests that the fire, which was eventually put out before it could spread to other offices around the building, may have been caused by a power surge due to a sudden power supply to the building.
The police spokesperson added that the state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu, ordered the cordoning off of the scene and launch of a thorough investigation to further ascertain the actual cause of the fire outbreak and damages incurred.
The statement reads: “The Command received a distress call at its Udenu Police Divisional Headquarters alleging that there was fire outbreak at the Obollo-Afor office of the INEC in Udenu council area.
“Police operatives attached to the Division immediately raced to the scene, while contacting Enugu State Fire Service office in the area to promptly put off the fire,’’ he said.
“The fire was eventually put off before it could spread to other offices around the building, through combined efforts of the fire service, the police and law-abiding citizens.
“Preliminary investigation suggests that the fire may have been caused by power surge due to sudden power supply to the building before the incident occurred.’’