There was palpable tension on Thursday as fire outbreak destroyed some part of former senate president, David Mark residence at Otukpo in Benue state.
Though no life was lost in the outbreak , the fire was said to have spread from a nearby bush into the house, gutting 15 motorcycles and two vehicles. It also said to have affected the guest house of the residence.
Eyewitness account suggested that the inferno could be attributed to the current harsh harmattan in the country.
The former senate president was said to be out of town at the time of the incident.
According to Adakoke Elijah, an aide of Mark, who confirmed the incident, said: “Earlier this morning, a fire incident was reported in the Otukpo residence of the former Senate President, Dr David Mark.
“The cause of the incident has yet to be ascertained but some properties, including 15 motorcycles and two vehicles, were burnt.
“The arrival of fire service personnel prevented the inferno from spreading to the entire building.
“The fire has since been extinguished. No life was lost.”