Information emerging from the ancient Oyo has it that the palace of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi has been gutted by fire. The inferno, it has been reported, razed down about 21 rooms of the ancient palace.
According to the Media Assistant of the monarch, Alhaji Azeez Fehintola, the fire started around 6am Wednesday and razed uncontrollably before the arrival of fire fighters one hour later. The fire, which broke out from electrical surge, started around 6 a.m and was contained after about three hours.
“The fire-fighters came at some minutes past seven and battled it till it was finally put out. Every part of the affected apartments were completely razed. It was a really sad day for the Ayabas because many of their property were destroyed. They keep their monies in the palace. Plasma television, jewellery, clothes, bags and many other valuables yet to be ascertained”, he said.
According to the Vanguard, some undisclosed amount of money was burnt. Besides, some rooms known as Ile Ori, Ile Ifa where artifacts are stored, plasma television, clothes, shoes, jewellery and bags were destroyed by the raging fire. However, no life was lost nor anyone injured.