Fire destroys  palm kernel factory in Ondo 

Fire has razed a palm kernel factory worth over N10million  at the industrial Park in Onyearugbulem junction, Akure.

It was gathered that the fire incident was caused by a spark from the change-over box within the factory.

The raging fire destroyed all the raw materials and burnt the machines used for processing.

The Hope Metro learnt that one of the workers, whose name was not mentioned is currently on admission in a private hospital following the devastating effects of the inferno.

The owner of the factory, Mr Adesunloye Adeniyi, who said he had been in the palm kernel processing business for over 10 years told The Hope Metro that, “We just got here this afternoon shortly after we had spark from the exchange box and the next thing everywhere was on fire.

According to him, he also lost a heavy duty power generating set to the inferno besides several raw materials for processing Palm kernel.

“I only have five workers on ground and we were not able to salvage because everything was highly inflammable spreading very fast.

“The goods I have lost today is more that N10 million as I have two machines and each is worth over two million naira. We had 500,000 tonnes of raw materials on ground. And each tonne cost N350,000 not to talk of the structure on ground.
“This is what I have been putting together for over 10 years now, it has gone down the drain.

However men of the Federal fire service were on ground but everything had been burnt to arches before their arrival.

Adeniyi revealed that a similar situation almost occurred sometime ago, but was averted as a result of precaution taken.
Source: Hope Newspaper