FIRE OUTBREAK DESTROYS 7 HOUSES, 30 SHOPS IN LAGOS
About seven houses and thirty shops were razed by fire on Saturday, August 1st, 2020, at the popular Ladipo Street in Lagos.
It was gathered that the inferno started around 3pm inside a mattress shop and spread rapidly to other structures as a result of the closeness of the buildings to the shop.
Sources say the crowd at the scene made it difficult for officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) to intervene into the situation.
It was gathered that 30 shops, 6 bungalows, and 1 storey building were affected by the inferno.
According to the LASEMA Director General (DG), Dr Femi Oke-Osanyinyolu, the storey building has six rooms and four shops, five bungalows with 26 shops, and a bungalow with a three-bedroom flat.
The DG revealed that the crowd posed operational challenges by refusing to listen to the authorities and ensure appropriate distance for the officials to function.
He said the fire was later contained and firemen dampened the area to prevent a futuristic occurrence.
Oke-Osanyinyolu said the affected structures were pulled down as a result of visible cracks on them which could result in their collapse if allowed to stand.
The LASEMA boss said there was no loss of lives or injury. He however urged residents to take reasonable safety precautions to reduce the risk of fire outbreaks in their places of business and homes.
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