A fire outbreak in Ilorin, Kwara State capital, on Saturday, destroyed two adjoining residential buildings and properties estimated at about N39 million.
The fire destroyed five other shops besides a paint shop.
The spokesman of Kwara Fire Service, Hassan Adekunle, stated that “a paints shop suddenly caught fire and destroyed two residential buildings built beside it; a storey building and a bungalow.
“Aside from the two residential buildings destroyed by the ravaging fire, five other shops in the vicinity were also affected.
“Firemen were able to extinguish the fire and prevented it from spreading to more buildings.
“The fire was intensified by the flammable nature of paints and would have been contained earlier if onlookers and sympathisers had alerted the Fire Service early enough.”
The Director of Kwara Fire Service, Falade Olumuyiwa, also urged residents to always switch off electrical appliances while leaving their homes and at bedtime to stave off fire accidents.