From Jude Dangwam, Jos and Tony Obeichina, Abuja
A fire Incidence which occurred at the Jos Branch of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Tuesday, was promptly put off by the security personnel of the Bank.
The fire was said to have been noticed at about 9.15 am, following the triggering of the fire alarm of the branch.
Confirming the development, the CBN Director of Corporate Communications, Mr Isaac Okorafor said in a statement on Tuesday that, “in line with the Bank’s fire drill and protocol, the skeletal staff on essential duty were promptly evacuated from the building to the muster point”.
According to him, “Our Branch Controller quickly called the Fire Service at about 9.19 a.m. However, before the arrival of men of the fire service, the Bank’s security unit, relying on information from the Fire Alarm Dashboard, traced the fire to an airconditioner installed in the inverter room on the second floor of the building.
“They swiftly put out the fire with extinguishers and hydrants installed in the building. The affected room has since been cordoned off for further investigation, while normal work has resumed at the branch”.
Okorafor therefore “assured the general public “that the minor fire has been effectively put out and no damage was done to any records of the Bank”.
He added that men of the Fire Service brought the situation under control and the affected room has been cordoned off.
The Branch Controller speaking with newsmen narrated thus: “You know we are under lockdown but still providing skeletal service especially to provide cash for ATM.
“There was a fire alarm and a few staff in the building moved out. Because of the thickness of the smoke, we had to call the fire service to assist.”
Yusuf further said, “after the whole thing was controlled, it was discovered that it was from an air conditioner in the inverter room.
“No staff was hurt, no document was lost, normalcy has returned and the room where the incident occurred cordoned off,” he assured the public.