Ultima Studios, located on Plot 45 Omole Industrial Layout, Isheri/Ogba Junction, Ogba, Ikeja, Lagos has been badly damaged after a mysterious fire on the premises spiraled out of control.
No casualties were reported.
Ultima Studios is owned by Ultima Ltd, a Lagos-based TV production company responsible for such popular TV shows as Who Wants to be a Millionaire (Nigeria) and Project Fame West Africa. The shows were routinely shot at the studio from where they were broadcasted to the rest of the country.It was reported that the building caught fire when an air-conditioner suddenly blew off, and the contestants’ efforts to put out the fire with extinguishers failed to contain the inferno. The resulting catastrophe reportedly destroyed production equipment worth over a billion naira
According to the CEO of Ultima Ltd, Mr Femi Ayeni, the damage would have been fifty percent averted if men of the Fire Service had arrived on time; Fire Service got to the Isheri/Ogba Junction scene when the damage had already been done.
The Project Fame contestants were swiftly moved into a close-by hotel and no casualty was recorded.
Sources close to the producers quoted an executive as saying ‘the show must go on!’
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This is really sad.....please Govt do something about our Fire Service in this Country. Is it until we loose alot more before we realise what needs to be done?...I mean it can't be that hard can it?...Ultima Studios am sorry for your loss...whats going to happen to project fame now, cuz am really enjoying that programme.