A fire outbreak on Tuesday razed a Bayelsa State-owned radio station, Glory FM.

The fire is suspected to have been ignited by a spark in the control room of the station.

Sections of the station razed by the inferno include the accounts office, live studio, recording studio, control room, confidential documents, electronics, furniture among others. 

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A broadcaster at the station who was on air as of the time of the incident, Mr. Victor Binawari said “I was doing my breakfast show ‘Rise and Shine’ when the lights went off. 

“I felt it was a minor technical issue we could fix. So we had to put on our torchlights and went on with the program because the monitor indicated that we were still on air.

“It did not take long before I heard rumbling in the ceiling as if rats were up there chasing themselves. While I was wondering what was happening, one of our interns ran into the studio to alert us that the station was on fire.

“It was at that point I asked my guests to be calm and follow me out of the building. Only for us to get outside the studio to see that the building was seriously on fire.”

One of the earliest government officials, who visited the scene of the fire was Mr. Daniel Markson-Iworiso, the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation.

Iworiso-Markson commended the courage and effort of firefighters and sympathizers who brought the fire under control.

He further said, “We are grateful to God that no life was lost. As a government, we are going to set up a committee to look into the root cause of the incident and report to the Governor for action. The state government would ensure that the station comes back on air as soon as possible.”


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