At midnight on Sunday, a gas explosion caused a fire that destroyed over two acres of residential makeshift structures at Star Road near Horizon Heights in the Lekki area of Lagos State. This tragedy occurred at midnight.
There was no fatalities in the unfortunate event
The incident, which was attributed to negligence on the part of occupants, destroyed items worth millions of naira.
According to eyewitness, the unfortunate incident happened about 11p.m., and lasted into the early hours of yesterday.
Men of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Lagos State Emergency Management, LASEMA, and other emergency responders, who raced to the scene, were able to curtail the raging inferno from the makeshift structures, where it emanated from and spread to other adjoining highbrow properties.
However, it was gathered that 62 camps gas were discovered during the course of firefighting that aided the spread of the fire as they kept triggering simultaneously, until the inferno was put out about 1a.m., while, mop-up exercise was concluded about 3a.m., for enumeration of property which was still ongoing at press time.
Several property destroyed in the inferno include makeshift structures, household contents, cash, among others worth millions of naira.
According to Director, Lagos Fire and Rescue Service, Margaret Adeseye, the prompt intervention of firemen from the Oniru and Lekki Phase II Fire Stations, saved the inferno from damaging adjoining property.
Adeseye, in a preliminary investigation attributed the cause of the inferno to negligence on the part of occupants.
While confirming no loss of life, she said: “At least two male adults were injured and treated by Lagos State Ambulances Service, LASAMBUS and are in stable health condition.”
Meanwhile, evacuation and other rescue operations were still on going at press time.
all that the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, in partnership with the Lagos State Safety Commission, had launched a comprehensive fire safety awareness campaign as part of proactive measures to address the alarming rate of fire incidents in public areas, particularly during the harmattan period.
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