Nizamiye Hospital, a four-storey building located at Idu Train Station Life Camp, Abuja has been gutted by fire at the wee hours of Friday 27/12/2019 which led to the total evacuation of patients and workers from the facility, Fire Fighters Magazine gathered.
As at the time of filling this report the incident according to the preliminary investigation conducted by the FCT Fire Service reveal that the fire was caused by an electrical surge.
A staff of the hospital who spoke on anonymity said the FCT Fire Service responded promptly and said the fire started at about 12noon, patients on admission in the hospital and some on life support were kept outside while fire fighters were in the building trying to put out the fire, the staff reveal.
Fire Fighters Magazine correspondent gathered that the incident lasted for more than three hours as some patients were not allowed into the facility until 2pm. Some were kept in the praying ground opposite the hospital’s Accident and Emergency Unit.
The Public Relations Officer, of the hospital Mohammed Abubakar said about three patients were evacuated to Trust Charitos Hospital, Jabi by officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and described the fire outbreak as a minor incident that affected the operations of the facility.
Abubakar further revealed that the incident was caused by the malfunctioning of a conversion box installed in the industrial water heater unit on the topmost floor of the hospital building. As a result, there was a fire outbreak which necessitated the total evacuation of staff and patients from the hospital building as a precautionary measure,” he said.
The fire was eventually contained by the industrial water sprinkler and other fire fighting extinguishing gadgets installed at strategic places in the hospital building adding that there were no casualties of any form recorded during the evacuation process.
The spokesperson of NEMA, Manzo Ezekiel said the agency’s Director Search and Rescue, Air Commodore Akugbe Iyamu, led a rescue team consisting of officials from the FCT Fire Service, NEMA, and Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC). He said due to their prompt response, they were able to evacuate some patients to other hospitals
The Assistant Controller General, FCT Fire Service, Opetunsin Julius also said no live was lost in the incident.