At least 10 persons including lodgers and staff escaped being burnt to death by the whiskers when IBD International Hotel, inaugurated two weeks ago, was gutted by fire.
The hotel, situated along the popular the MKO Abiola Way, Leme Area of Abeokuta metropolis, was inaugurated by the Ogun state deputy governor, Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga and owned by an auto magnate in the state.
According to findings by Daily Independent, the fire incident occurred when one of the imported dryers in the laundry rooms caught fire and swiftly spread to other areas within the hotel complex.
According to a source, as at the time of the fire incident, no fewer than ten persons including lodgers and staff of the hotel were in the building.
The fire outbreak, according to investigations, caused panic which made some lodgers fled their rooms naked and ran for their lives.
The fire incident, according to further findings, was caused as a result of the action of one of the laundry room workers who had left some clothes in the drying machine and went home.
The drying machine, Daily Independent further learnt, was not programmed to tropical climate and when it over-worked, it caught fire.
The management of the hotel which have been busy renovating the affected part of the building, have however, sacked five workers in connection with the incident.
Meanwhile, when our correspondent visited the hotel to get the reaction of the management of the hotel on the fire incident, the security guards at the entrance barred him and other journalists from gaining entry.
Similarly, an attempt to speak with the consultant of the hotel simply identified as Kemi, proved futile as she was said to be at a meeting .
As at the time of filing this report, the hotel’s consultant had yet to get back to our correspondent.