Jos - Fire on Wednesday engulfed the NTA Jos Zonal office located in the very busy Yakubu Gowon Way, throwing the area into confusion as people scurried to escape the raging flames.
The cause of fire, which started at 3.15 p.m. has not been confirmed, but a top NTA source described the fire as mysterious because it started from the top.
Correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who rushed to the scene, observed that the flames kept worsening as they raged through the top of the building.
The flames from the one-storey structure were visible about 500 metres away from the scene.
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Among sections already engulfed by the time NAN reached the scene were the building housing the marketing and finance department of the NTA.
Also gutted down were Engineering and accounts departments, as well as communication items, files and a mass of documents.
Our correspondents also report that three fire fighting vehicles – one PW, a construction firm, and two from the Plateau fire service, arrived at the scene about more than forty minutes and were battling to control the inferno.
Efforts to speak with the NTA management staff were not fruitful as the senior staffers appeared too confused to react.
A top source, however confirmed that no one was caught in the mid afternoon inferno.