The Office of the Permanent Secretary in the Niger State Government House was gutted by fire which resulted from an electrical fault.
The office was reportedly under renovation when the fire outbreak started at 12:30 p.m. and it took more than 15 minutes before men from the state Fire Service arrived to put the situation under control.
Office equipment, valuables and sensitive documents were reportedly destroyed in the fire incident.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), workers in the government house were seen running for their lives before personnel from the state fire service arrived with three fire fighting trucks.
The Deputy Controller of the Niger State Fire Service, Malam Salihu Bello addressing newsmen at the scene of the fire, said that the quick intervention of the fire fighters helped in reducing the damages. He said that lack of fire fighting truck in the government house was not intentional.
Meanwhile, the Chief Press Secretary to the Niger Governor, Mrs. Mary Berje while reacting to the incident in a statement, said that the fire fighting trucks in government house were taken out for routine maintenance.