Fire destroys shanties in Lagos State

A fire incident has reportedly destroyed some shanties at Ikate around Salem Bus Stop in Lekki, Lagos State.

The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, who confirmed the incident on Tuesday said the agency’s response unit upon receiving a distress call moved in immediately.

“We received distress calls via our Toll Free Emergency numbers 767/112 at 11.21 p.m., and activated the State’s Emergency Response Plans.

“The LASEMA Response Team from Lekki Base arrived the incident scene at 11.50 p.m., while, the elite LASEMA Fire Unit also responded from the agency’s hub at Cappa Base.

“On arrival of the response teams, it was observed that some shanties behind an estate was engulfed by fire at the aforementioned address.

 

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“Further investigation revealed that the fire emanated from one of the shanty rooms, and subsequently escalated to other rooms”, he said.

He added that the fire also escalated to adjoining buildings within the estate.

Oke-Osanyintolu further disclosed that no loss of life at the incident scene, or injury sustained to responders as a result of the inferno, adding that the cause of the fire could not be ascertained he said.

He noted that the fire had been brought under control and completely put out through joint efforts of all responders.

“Properties worth a fortune were destroyed by the inferno and post disaster assessment is in progress.

“LASEMA Response Team, the agency’s fire unit, Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, the Estate Fire Department and the Nigerian Police Force, were all in attendance”, he said.

 

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