The Director, Imo State Fire Service, Mr Japheth Okoroafor, has identified electrical fault as the cause of the fire that engulfed the Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri on Monday, April 8.

The fire which reportedly started at 2.00pm severely damaged the VIP lounge, the fire boss disclosed.

He said that the fire service team that responded to the incident would have had more success controlling the fire if it had adequate equipment.

Okoroafor appealed to the Imo State Government to upgrade the fire service’s equipment to aid it in combating fire emergencies in the state.

“We have only one fire truck servicing the entire state; this operation would have been more successful if we had the necessary equipment.

“We want to use this opportunity to call on the government to equip us as we are in serious need of upgrading because such incidents can happen at any time,” the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted Okoroafor as saying.

The General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, disclosed that the fire was promptly curtailed by officers of the Aerodrome Rescue and Fire Fighting Services Department of the body.

According to a statement she made available to the media in Lagos, Yakubu said, “There was no casualty and normal operations has since resumed at the airport.

“The authority has commenced preliminary investigations into the cause of the incident.”

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