A mid-day fire on Thursday gutted the official residence of the Imo State Deputy governor, Eze Madumere, at the Commissioners quarters in Owerri.
The fire, which started at 1:30 p.m. completely razed the bush bar and bus assigned to the press unit in the Deputy governor’s convoy, as well as other valuables worth millions of naira.
The fire, according to eyewitnesses, started from a nearby bush behind the fence of the lodge which was set ablaze by unknown persons.
But for the quick intervention of fire fighters from the Imo State Fire service and the domestic staff, the entire buildings would have been razed.
The deputy governor was away on official assignment to Abuja when the incident occurred.