Agency demands probe as fire guts IDPs building second time

The Plateau State Emergency Management Agency has demanded a thorough investigation into the fire incident at the IDPs hostel in Shendam Local Government Area.

PLASEMA made its demand in a letter to the Nigerian Police Force, the state Fire Service, and Shendam LGA.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the fire incident occurred at the Presidential Committee for Flood Relief and Rehabilitation IDPs hostel in Shailang, Shendam on February 16.

NAN reports that a substantial part of the structure that was built by PCFRR after the 2012 flood disaster that ravaged 24 states, was razed by fire.

NAN also reports that it was the second time that the hostel was gutted by fire as some parts of the hostel had a similar incident in 2018.

PLASEMA in a communication signed by its Director of Administration, Chuwang Sha, said that the PCFRR was interested in  knowing the cause of the recurring fire.

According to the letter, which was obtained by NAN, the PCFRR also wants the agencies to suggest ways to forestall future occurrences.

It said: “The agency received a report of the fire outbreak at the Presidential Committee for Flood Relief and Rehabilitation IDPs Hostel in Shailang, which occurred on Friday, February 16, 2024, around noon.

“It is in light of the above that the PCFRR has requested that an investigation be carried out to ascertain the cause of the fire outbreak and other relevant information.

“PLASEMA will receive the report and forward it to PCFRR in Abuja for further necessary action.

“While treating with dispatch, accept the assurances of our esteemed regards, please.”

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