A section in the palace of Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, was razed on Wednesday morning.
The dawn inferno, which was said to have started at about 6am destroyed properties worth millions of naira.
21 one rooms, including Ile-ifa and Ile-ori (historical sites), as well as residential apartments belonging to the Oloris ( king’s wives) were also affected.
The cause of the fire could not be immediately ascertained, but the Zonal Commander of Oyo State Fire Service, Mr. Munirudeen Olalekan Abidogun, who led a team of fire fighters to put out the fire, said his station promptly responded to a distress call it got at about 6.47am.
He said, “It took a lot of time before the fire could be put out due to the architectural designs of the palace. The buildings within were linked.
Residents, including political office holders, have been paying sympathy visits to the palace.
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