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Monday 17 October 2016

Collateral Damage! Fire Destroys 100 Shops in Yaba (Photos)

One of the fire scenes
Two separate fire incidents have hit two different parts of Lagos with high levels of commercial activities. The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency received a distress call at about 12.45am on 16/10 /2016 regarding a fire incident of a Story building Shopping Complex opposite Presbyterian Church Yaba.

This prompted immediate activation of the Agency's Emergency Response Team to the incident scene along with the Lagos State Fire Service, Nigerian Police Force from Sabo and Adekunle Police Stations.

Investigation conducted by the Agency's ERT at the incident scene revealed that the fire started from one of the shop at the back side of the complex where wears, shoes, bags were burnt leaving 94 shops out of 201 in the complex destroyed. Owners were alerted and came on time manage to salvage some of their wares while the presence of the police team prevented lurking miscreants from looting tne salvage products. No life was lost in the incident.

The Agency ERT was involved in salvaging some items, shops baricaded with iron bars using concrete cutter for fire service to gain access to the affected areas and also prevented further escalation. A total number of 117 shops were savaged by the emergency responders which include Fire Service from Ilupeju and Alausa Fire Station.

The General Manager LASEMA Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu noted that the fire outbreak was exacerbated by the highly inflamable materials such as wears stored in the shops, as well as Air conditioners and Generators with fuel in the market caused occasional explosions as the fire raged the shops. He also said that emergency responders also had problem of accessibity to some of the shops due to iron bars used as security doors for the shops.

The General Manager however advised market owners to ensure that their members are continuously sensitized on fire prevention and safety as well as ensuring that electrical appliances are put off after the close of business everyday to avoid incident such as this.

In another fire incident, Agency along with the Lagos State Fire Service also responded to the fire outbreak at at about 6.57 a.m at No. 83 Abeokuta Street Ebute Metta received a distress on the same day, This prompted the immediate activation of the Agency's ERT to the scene of the incident.

According to investigation carried out by the Agency's ERT at the scene of the incident, the cause of the inferno remained unknown. However, further investigation conducted by the Agency's ERT revealed that the fire started from one of the rooms in the three beroom flat of the first floor of the two storey building.

No life was lost but two male adults who sustained minor injuries while trying to put out the fire and immediately treated by LASEMA Medical Team.

The fire also destroyed some house hold materials in one of the room and the sitting room of the flat but was prevented from spreading to other part of the building by Lagos State Fire Service men.
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