A picture of No 16, Ladipo St. Mushin, Lagos, gutted by fire on Saturday.
By Aisha Cole
Lagos – The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) said 30 shops, six bungalows destroyed by fire on Saturday afternoon in Lagos had been pulled down.
The Director-General, LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, made this known after the LASEMA Response Team, Lagos State Fire Service and other agencies put out the fire which started at 2 p.m.
He explained that the buildings, some shops and other property were destroyed in the fire incident which occurred at No 16, Ladipo St., Mushin, Lagos.
Oke-Osanyintolu said the agency received distress calls to the 767/112 at about 2 p.m., saying that when they got to the scene of the incident, they discovered that a mattress shop was the initial source of the fire.
“A joint team of responders led by myself, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, Nigeria Police, Lagos State Government Fire Service, LASEMA Response Unit (LRU) fire, Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Agency worked together to curtail the inferno from escalating.
“The enumeration of the affected buildings are as follows: a single storey building with six rooms and four shops, five bungalows with 26 shops; a bungalow with a three-bed room flat,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.
The LASEMA boss added that the affected buildings had been completely levelled to the ground under his supervision.
Oke-Osanyintolu said that operation had been concluded and response team were heading back to base.
According to him, members of the public are warned to take reasonable safety precautions to reduce the risk of fire outbreak in their places of business and homes.
He, however, said that investigation was ongoing to determine the cause of the fire.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mrs Uche Odinaka, who sold materials for chairs said she lost all her goods in the fire.
Another trader, who sold mattress, Mrs Toyin Dada, said she could not describe how the fire happened, saying that all her mattresses, mattress covers and shops were destroyed in the fire.
Dada appealed to the Lagos State Government to assist the affected people to start business again. (NAN)