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Fire guts shanties in Lagos community

LASEMA said the investigation showed that the fire started from one of the shanty rooms.

• February 13, 2024
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A fire incident destroyed some shanties at Ikate around Salem Bus Stop in Lekki, Lagos, late on Monday.

The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said this in a statement.

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

“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.

“There was no loss of life at the incident scene or injury sustained to responders as a result of the inferno.

“The cause of the fire could not be ascertained,” he said.

Mr Oke-Osanyitolu said the fire had been brought under control and completely put out through the joint efforts of all responders.

He said, “Property 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.’’


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