The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has attributed Friday’s fire incident at its Calabar Branch in Cross River State to gas explosion.
According to a statement signed by CBN’s Acting Director, Corporate Communications, Ugochukwu Okorafor, the fire broke out at about 12 noon in the banking hall of the premises.
He said the fire was caused by a gas explosion from air conditioners in the building undergoing some refurbishment at the moment.
“As soon as the incident occurred, the CBN emergency alert system was activated, the Fire Service was called in, and the fire was immediately brought under control,” the statement said.
He said about 25 persons sustained various levels of injury, and is currently receiving treatment at hospitals in Calabar while four of the injured have been discharged.
“We are, however, very saddened to confirm that two of the critically injured, a CBN staff and a construction worker, have died at the hospital. We are now working with the bereaved families to determine next steps. More details will be made known to the public in due course,” it said.