Garba Shehu, the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, characterized the incident as minor.
Shehu attributed electric spark to the fire incident.
The presidential aide said the incident was reported at a store in the Presidential Villa near the StateHouse Chapel on Thursday afternoon.
He said: “The incident was immediately brought under control by alert personnel using available fire extinguishers well before the arrival of the Federal Fire Service trucks stationed outside the premises.”
“Luckily, no injury or serious damage was recorded,” the presidential spokesman added.