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Probe raises after French Cathedral fire


Fire erupted in the gothic cathedral of Nantes in western France on Saturday before being brought under control, sparking an arson investigation and leaving Catholic officials lamenting the loss of priceless historical artefacts.

The cathedral’s 17th century organ was destroyed and its platform was in danger of collapsing, said regional fire chief Laurent Ferlay, but added the damage was not comparable to last year’s devastating blaze at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Passers-by saw flames behind the windows of the Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul and alerted the emergency services just before 08:00 am (0600 GMT).


Around 100 firefighters rushed to the scene and managed to control the blaze at the gothic structure, built between 15th and 19th centuries, said Ferlay.

Nantes prosecutor Pierre Sennes noted that the fire had started in three different places, meaning a judicial investigation for possible arson was opened, although no conclusions had yet been drawn.

“When we arrive at a place where a fire has taken place, when you see three separate fire outbreaks, it’s a question of common sense, you open an investigation,” Sennes told AFP.


‘An unimaginable loss’
Local Catholic official Father François Renaud, who oversees the cathedral, surveyed the damage with firemen on Saturday morning and told AFP the great organ had “completely disappeared”, describing it as “an unimaginable loss”.

Firefighters are at work to put out a fire at the Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral in Nantes, western France, on July 18, 2020. Sebastien SALOM-GOMIS / AFP

“The console of the choir organ has gone up in smoke along with the adjoining wooden stalls. Original stained glass windows behind the great organ have all shattered,” he said.

While the blaze was still raging, President Emmanuel Macron tweeted his support for “our firefighters who are taking all the risks to save this gothic jewel”.

Prime Minister Jean Castex said he would visit the scene later on Saturday along with other ministers, telling reporters he wanted to know what happened “but first I’m going to show my solidarity with the people of Nantes”.


The building was last hit by fire in 1972 and its roof took more than 13 years to repair.

Ferlay played down any comparison with Notre-Dame, which caught fire during repair work in April last year.

A French Police officer gestures as firefighters are at work to put out a fire at the Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral in Nantes, western France, on July 18, 2020. Sebastien SALOM-GOMIS / AFP

Reinforced roof
Much of Notre-Dame’s roof and wooden structure was destroyed, its steeple collapsed and fumes containing toxic molten lead billowed into the air. The structure will take years to repair.

Another religious building in Nantes — the Basilica of St Donatian and St Rogatian — was struck by a fire in 2015 that destroyed three-quarters of its roof.


“I would like to stress that following the 1972 fire, the roof was redone with concrete reinforcement,” Ferlay said.

He said emergency crews had tried to make sure that works of art inside the building had been protected.

This photograph taken on July 18, 2020, shows the damage inside the Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral in Nantes, western France. Sebastien SALOM-GOMIS / AFP

The cathedral’s organ was first built in 1621 and has undergone five restorations since — the latest one ending in 1971.

During the 18th century revolutionary period the authorities had wanted to melt down its pipes for scrap, but the organist intervened and argued that the instrument could instead be used for “revolutionary ceremonies”, according to historian Paul Chopelin.

Iran nays to unveil cause of inferno at Natanz nuclear site


Move comes as Iran’s civil defence chief threatens to retaliate if proof of a foreign cyberattack is found.

Iranian investigators have determined the cause of a fire at the Natanz nuclear plant, a spokesman for Iran’s top security body said on Friday, while declining to immediately release details of the findings over “security reasons”.

The National Security Council’s statement came as Gholamreza Jalali, the head of Iran’s civilian defence, told state television that Tehran would retaliate against any country that carries out cyberattacks on its nuclear sites.

Noble Reporters Media storied, citing three Iranian officials, said the fire at Natanz, which occurred early on Thursday, was caused by cyber sabotage.

But NRM learnt the officials did not offer evidence to back the claim.


The Natanz uranium-enrichment site, much of which is underground, is one of several Iranian facilities monitored by inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations nuclear watchdog.

Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation initially reported an “incident” had occurred early on Thursday at Natanz, located in the desert in the central province of Isfahan. It later published a photo of a one-storey brick building with its roof and walls partly burned.

A door hanging off its hinges suggested there had been an explosion inside the building.


The IAEA said none of its inspectors was at Natanz at the time of the fire and “that the location where the incident occurred does not contain nuclear materials”.

‘Cheetah’s of Homeland’
Keyvan Khosravi, spokesman for the National Security Council, told IRNA news agency late on Friday that experts have “determined the main cause of the incident” but it “will be declared in due course for security reasons”.

Move comes as Iran’s civil defence chief threatens to retaliate if proof of a foreign cyberattack is found.

The mystery around the incident deepened after BBC reported that an unknown group called the “Cheetah’s of the Homeland” claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement sent to the network’s Persian service journalists before news of the fire became public.

A video claimed the group included “soldiers from the heart of regime’s security organisations” who wanted to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Iran long has maintained its atomic programme is for peaceful purposes.


At the same time, Iranian media has cast suspicion on the US and Israel for the incident.

In an article issued on Thursday, IRNA addressed what it called the possibility of sabotage although it stopped short of accusing either US or Israel directly.

“So far, Iran has tried to prevent intensifying crises and the formation of unpredictable conditions and situations,” IRNA said. “But the crossing of red lines of the Islamic Republic of Iran by hostile countries, especially the Zionist regime and the US, means that strategy … should be revised.”

In 2010, the Stuxnet computer virus, which is widely believed to have been developed by the US and Israel, was discovered after it was used to attack the Natanz facility.


Later on Thursday, Jalali told state TV that “if it is proven that our country has been targeted by a cyberattack, we will respond”.

Natanz is the centrepiece of Iran’s enrichment programme, which Tehran says is only for peaceful purposes. Western intelligence agencies and the IAEA believe it had a coordinated, clandestine nuclear arms programme that it halted in 2003.

Tehran denies ever seeking nuclear weapons.

Iran triggers nuclear deal dispute mechanism
Iran curbed its nuclear work in exchange for the removal of most global sanctions under an accord reached with six world powers in 2015, but has reduced compliance with the deal’s restrictions since US President Donald Trump withdrew in 2018.


The IAEA has also issued two reports this year rebuking Iran for failing to answer questions about nuclear activities before its 2015 deal at three sites and for denying it access to two of them.

According to Reuters, the United Kingdom, France and Germany put forward a draft resolution at the IAEA on June 10 calling on Iran to provide access to the locations specified.

The three European countries consider the nuclear deal to be a cornerstone of regional and global security and have struggled to keep it alive since the US move. They have set up a parallel system to try to keep funds flowing into Iran as its economy flagged.

Separately on Friday, IRNA reported that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif triggered a dispute resolution mechanism in the 2015 accord, blaming the move on Germany, France and the UK’s “non-compliance” to their side of the deal as well as a European push to rebuke Iran at the IAEA over its refusal to give access to inspectors at its nuclear sites.


The dispute mechanism provides for a period of about one month, which can be prolonged if all parties agree, to resolve any disagreement.

Failure to come to an agreement could result in the snapback of UN sanctions against Iran.

On January 15, the Europeans triggered the accord’s dispute resolution mechanism themselves to force Iran into discussions on possible violations of the deal, as Tehran appeared to backslide and refused to be bound by its uranium enrichment limits.

They later suspended the action.



Morning Fire gut popular Ajao Market in Lagos


Millions of properties have been lost in a fire outbreak that occurred in the Ajao market, Lagos state on Wednesday, July 1, according to reports.

The cause of the fire outbreak is yet to be ascertained but preliminary investigations showed the fire started from a shopping mall close to the market before spreading into the market. Some adjourning houses were also affected by the fire outbreak.

Men of the Lagos Fire Service Lagos State Emergency Management Agency LASEMA are on ground working to put out the fire.

The spokesperson of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Nosa Okunbor, who spoke to newsmen, said the fire started at about 1am today. He added that no casualty has been recorded yet.

“There is a fire outbreak there. It started around 1am but we are there already. From all indications, the Ajao Main Market has a small shopping mall and from what we gathered, the fire started from the shopping mall and extended to the main market and affected some adjoining buildings.

But the LASEMA Response Team and other stakeholders, including the Lagos State Fire Service and the police are already on ground to quell the fire. No casualty has been recorded for now.” Okunbor said


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Fire destroy part of ‘Oba’ market in Benin


A fire outbreak early Monday morning at a section of the popular Oba Market, Benin, has consumed hundreds of shops and goods worth millions of naira.

The incident happened barely few days after the Edo Government had ordered traders to return to the market from various primary schools that served as makeshift markets in the last six weeks.

NRM reports that the traders were relocated to the makeshift markets as part measures to contain the spread of coronavirus in the state.

There has been no clue yet to the cause of the fire which affected mostly lock-up shops stocked with textile materials and comestics.

The fire was however put off by fire fighters from the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Fire Service, Federal Fire Service, Edo Fire Service and the Nigerian Army School of Supply and Transportation, Benin.


The Assistant Controller General, Federal Fire Service, Benin, Karebo Samson, said he received a distress call from the Chief Security Officer, Government House, Benin, and quickly mobilised his men to the scene.

“I had to call the men at the station and they got here very early. They needed assistance because they exhausted the water they had.

“Immediately, I called the CSO that we needed assistance from sister fire fighting agencies and told me he would call the UNIBEN fire service.


“The army fire service, the NNPC fire service and the Edo state fire service have also been on ground. We have been here since past 12 a.m. battling the fire.

“I cannot tell you the cause of the fire; we will send in our investigators possibly today or tomorrow so they can ascertain what actually caused the fire,” he said.

Recounting their losses, one of the traders who sells textile material, Mary Osadolor, said she could not save any of her wares as her shop was completely burnt.

“They called me around 1 a.m. today that Oba market was on fire. Reaching here, we could not find any of our goods,” she said.


She however, appealed to the state government and well-meaning Nigerians to provide assistance to her and other victims.

Mrs Janet Akpan, a dealer on cosmetics, said she had lost all her goods worth millions of naira.

According to her, immediately the market was opened last week, she went to the market to stockpile her shop.

“Sadly, I have lost the only thing that I use to feed my family. The fire consumed all my wares. I do not have anything in my store; everything was burnt,” she lamented.



Million worth goods, properties destroy in Delta market inferno

Properties and goods said to be worth millions of naira have been destroyed at the popular Ogbe-Ogonogo market in Asaba, the Delta state capital.

Although the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, many of the traders resorted to self-help in a bid to salvage their goods.

Other residents and passers-by also besieged the scene of the inferno, defying physical distancing guideline, as they lamented the damage done by the fire.

Some of them could not hold back their anger over the absence of the state fire service as the fire raged, but a government official was on the ground to calm the aggrieved traders.



Borno State IDP Camp Razed By Fire – 1 Dead

One person has been confirmed dead and many others injured in a fire outbreak at the Muna garage IDP camp in Borno state over the weekend.

According to NEMA, the fire was ignited from one of the kitchens in the Emergency shelters erected in the camp.

1613 HouseHolds have now been displaced as a result of the fire outbreak.



[United Arabs Emirates] Fire Guts 48-Storey Building.


A 48-storey residential building in Sharjah, United Arabs Emirates went under fire today, injuring about seven people.

The seven people were treated for minor injuries from the fire and taken to hospital for treatment, the media office tweeted.

This is the 48-Storey pictured burning as at the hour

Video on social media purportedly of the fire showed burning debris falling from a tower engulfed in flames, which local media said was the 48-storey Abbco Tower. Reuters could not immediately verify the footage.

The 48-Storey burning critically at the hour
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[Nigeria] Oando Filling Station in Obalende Lagos on Fire.


There is a fire outbreak currently ongoing at OANDO Filling Station, Obalende, Lagos.

An eyewitness report to NobleReporters that the inferno is wild, and hasn’t been contained as at the time of filing this report.

details later…



[Nigeria] Ogba NNPC Fuel Station on Fire.


A fire outbreak has reportedly occurred at a petrol station owned by the NNPC in Ogba area of Lagos state.

According to social media reports, 6 buildings have been affected by the fire outbreak.


The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

However, firefighters are said to be having difficulties in putting out the inferno.




[Nigeria] Fire tease INEC H/Q in Abuja.

The fire affected the Electoral and Party Monitoring Department of the INEC office.

A section of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters has been gutted by fire.

The National Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education, Mr Festus Okoye, confirmed this to reporters on Friday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He revealed that the inferno affected the Department of Electoral and Party Monitoring part of the commission’s head office.

Okoye explained that the fire broke out as a result of an electrical fault at the office of the Director of Electoral and Party Monitoring located close to the Media Centre of the Commission.

He, however, said the incident has been brought under control by men of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Fire Service.

The national commissioner insisted that there was no cause for alarm, stressing that the incident was a minimal one and did not affect sensitive documents at the commission’s headquarters.

Below is Okoye’s statement:

At 11:30 am today, 17th April 2020, a tire outbreak occurred at a section of the building housing the Election and Party Monitoring Department and the Media Centre. The building is an annex, detached from the main building of the Independent National Electoral Commission‘s headquarters.

Fire fighters attached to the Commission swiftly responded to contain the inferno and they were later joined by their colleagues from the Federal Fire Service headquarters in the Federal Capital Ten’itory (FCT). The fire was extinguished within a short period of time and did not cause any substantial damage to the building.

Apart from some office furniture and equipment. nothing sensitive was destroyed. Reports of party primaries and conventions are intact. The campaign finance database is also not affected. The incident will therefore not affect the administrative or technical operations of the Commission in any way.

Meanwhile. Investigation into the cause(s) of the tire incident has commenced.


Nigeria – Fire Gut Lagos Airport Hotel.

Information reaching NobleReporters has it that men of the Lagos Fire Service have put out a fire that was said to have emanated from the parking lot of the Lagos Airport Hotel in Ikeja Lagos.

According to Nosa Okunbor, the Public Affairs Officer of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, (LASEMA), the fire started from one of the cars in the parking longue of the hotel.

Fire scare at Lagos Airport Hotel
He said the prompt arrival of the fire service and the LASEMA response team saved the situation and stopped the fire from escalating.

It was not clear the extent of damage the fire caused to other cars and the entire facility before it was put out.

Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja, is a member of the Odu’a Group of Companies.


Accountant-General’s Office Inferno – No Data Lost.

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, has said that no data or records was lost in Wednesday’s fire incident at the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation.

He said the fire was caused by a spark from one of the air conditioners on the fourth floor of the building at about 10:00am and was successfully put out by firefighters.

Agba said, “We have gone round the rooms and offices where the fire affected, and I am glad to report that our data centre where all our records are kept are fully intact.

“There is no destruction, so we haven’t lost any record.”

He however, noted that the only damage to the data centre was the exterior, which houses the cooling units.

Agba said one of the immediate steps taken was to shut down the data centre since the cooling units were no longer working optimally.

He added that a full scale investigation would be instituted to ascertain the cause of the incident.


PDP demands full-scale investigation into treasury house inferno

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded a full-scale investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fire outbreak in critical offices at the Headquarters of the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation in Abuja on Wednesday.

The party says an investigation is imperative given ‘apprehensions’ in the public space regarding the time and the offices involved in the fire outbreak.

“Our party expresses shock that the fire incident came on the heels of our heightened calls for a forensic audit into the hazy oil subsidy regime of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for which trillions of naira is being claimed to have been spent.

“This is in addition to recent demands for an investigation into allegations of fraud and diversion of COVID-19 intervention funds as well as social investments program of the Buhari government since 2015.

“Already, the National Assembly, riding on the gale of demands by Nigerians and championed by the PDP, has raised queries on spending in respect of social incentives program.

“Nigerians are anxious to know those behind this wicked arson because the fire outbreak reportedly occurred on the part of the building which hosts critical offices including the Treasury Single Account (TSA), Funds, Federation Account Allocation Committee and Revenue Department among others, relevant for the demanded financial inquests,” a statement by PDP’s spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, partly read.

The opposition party called for immediate investigation to determine the actual cause of the fire, as well as ensure that critical documents and data on government revenue and expenditure are immediately retrieved.

Also, the PDP demanded that the complex be immediately cordoned off to enable an uncompromised inquest into the ugly incident


Nigeria – Office of AGF in Abuja on fire.

Gatherings by NobleReporters indicate that Treasury House, the multistorey building which houses the offices of the Attorney-Genral of the Federation in Abuja, is on fire.

There is no confirmation about the cause of the fire.

Firefighters have responded to the scene.

The building, according to reports gathered, was recently renovated.

Gathering info…


Lagos Explosion: Sanwo olu takes photos of disaster to Buhari.

Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday jetted to Abuja to show President Muhammadu Buhari photographs of Sunday’s explosion in the Abule Ado area of the state.

President Buhari, who failed to visit site of the devastation more than 24 hours after the incident, which claimed at least 17 lives and destroyed more than 50 buildings, on Monday met with state governors elected under the platform of the All Progressives Congress in Abuja to discuss the party’s National Executive Committee meeting earlier scheduled for Tuesday.

Sanwo-Olu in a post on Twitter on Monday said that the visit was aimed at briefing the President on the incident.

He said, “Today, I met with (HE) President @MBuhari to brief him on the unfortunate incident at Abule Ado.

“The core plan is to provide relief, rebuild the affected areas and avoid future occurrence.”

Today, I met with (HE) President @MBuhari to brief him on the unfortunate incident at Abule Ado.

The core plan is to provide relief, rebuild the affected areas and avoid future occurrence.

Among victims of the tragedy is the principal of a girls’ boarding school, who died while rescuing pupils trapped in the wreckage of the building.


Fire dares Enugu market – Millions of goods destroyed, persons injured.

..100s shops destroyed

millions goods burnt to ashes

persons severely injured

Over 100 shops have been burnt while scores of persons are left with injuries after fire broke out at Otukpo Main Market in Benue State on Monday.

The blaze started around 5:00am and has continued till this moment.

Sources present at the scene of the fire said firefighters arrived the scene late and had no water to put out the fire.

An eyewitness tells NobleReporters that the fire had destroyed most parts of the market.

He said, “Many people, traders especially, have been injured because they are trying to rush in to get their goods.

“The fire started since 5:00am and it’s still burning, over 100 shops have been burnt already.

“Most of the traders keep their monies in the shops and can’t afford to lose them. Some already lost all they have.”


Admin of school destroyed by Lagos explosion dies in inferno.

Following the aftermath of the explosion that rockes the Abule-Ado environs of Lagos State today, Rev. Sr. Henrietta Alokha has been confirmed dead.

She had tried saving the children under her care, and went back to save more before the roof caved in on her.

Most of the students have been accounted for, with minor cuts and injuries, whilst some whose injuries were more severe are at the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital, Ojo.

According to Catholic Africa:


Rev. Sr Henrietta Alokha who until her untimely death today, was the principal of Bethlehem High School, Abule Ado was involved a petrol pipeline explosion this morning in Abule Odo, Amuwo Odofin local government area of Lagos State.

An eye witness reported that:

“The roof of our building is off and a nearby school is on fire.”Reports have it that she was able to rescue all the students until she succumbed to the fire. Eternal rest grant her, O Lord and let your perpetual light shine upon her. Amen �

May her soul rest in peace 🙏


Lagos explosion dares Secondary school – Injured school girls evacuated. {Photos}

… Bethlehem girls college

A boarding school, “Bethlehem Girls College” was affected by the pipeline explosion that rocked Abue Ado Community of Lagos State, in the early hours of today, 15th of March, 2015.

In a videos shared online, some students of the school were spotted being evacuated from the scene of the explosion.

The casualty figure of the incident which destroyed many properties is still unknown at the time of filing this report.


Still This: Oil Pipeline around Abule Ado shut down after explosion.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has shut down oil pipelines around Abule Ado area of Lagos following multiple explosions that rocked the community on Sunday morning, leading to fire outbreak.

The incident also led to the destruction of several houses with residents seen hurriedly removing personal items from some of the affected buildings.

Findings by NobleReporters revealed that the explosion was caused by combustible items inside a factory within the vicinity.

Though officials of the Federal Fire Service and Lagos State Emergency Management Agency are at the site of the explosion trying to put out the fire that is fast spreading to buildings around the area, the situation remains critical.


Update: Lagos explosion not caused by oil pipeline – NEMA.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has revealed that the explosion which occurred at Abule Ado, Trade Fair axis of Lagos State on Sunday was not caused by any sort of vandalism of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) oil pipeline.

Recall, NobleReporters earlier reported that there was an explosion around Festac town, Lagos and houses destroyed in the process.

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Explosion dares places in Lagos, properties destroyed

According to Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, the acting Coordinator, Lagos Territorial Office, (NEMA), the explosion was not connected to pipeline vandalism contrary to speculations made on social media.

He said; “From the information given by officials of the Lagos State Fire Service who are currently on the ground, the implosion is not connected to pipeline but might have occurred in a factory located in the Abule Ado area.

“Emergency responders are on ground while others are still on their way to the scene. The situation is under control and we hope to get more information soon to ascertain its cause,” he said.

Farinloye said the NNPC had shut down the pipeline passing through the area as a precautionary measure after the oil company was notified of the incident.
He also confirmed that several buildings were affected by the explosion which was heard several kilometers away in many parts of the state including Amuwo Odofin, Ijegun, and Agege.