The station of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Pacesetter FM, in Abia State has been gutted by fire.
Some workers of the radio station located in Amakama, a suburb of Umuahia, the Abia State capital, said they saw smoke billowing out of the ceiling of the building at about 5pm and raised the alarm.
It was learnt that before the announcer on duty, who was inside the studio, could find her way out, the whole building was already engulfed in flames. It was learnt that she escaped through the toilet window.
It was gathered that the fire gutted all the equipment in the studio and documents in the programmes department, newsroom, accounts and administration departments.
A source said some transmission equipment and some items from the office of the general manager were saved, but the entire building was wrecked by the fire.
It was gathered that firefighters were at the station to put out the fire, but left when the water in their tanker finished.
The source said, “Immediately, the fire service team left, the fire raged again, forcing the workers to embark on putting out the fire with the help of a ladder. It was their effort that helped in saving the transmission equipment.”
Meanwhile, the Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has promised that government would do its best to assist in rebuilding the station.
The governor, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Godwin Adindu, said it was regrettable that the radio station went up in flames.
Pacesetter FM, Umuahia, was inaugurated on April 16, 2007, by the then Minister of Information and Communication, Mr.Frank Nweke Jnr.