5 die in La­gos fire out­break

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Eu­gene Agha, La­gos

Five per­sons burnt to death yes­ter­day when a high ten­sion ca­ble fell on a ve­hi­cle that was car­ry­ing petrol at Oworon­shoki area of La­gos State.

Though, the iden­ti­ties of the de­ceased per­sons could not be as­cer­tained as at press time yes­ter­day, Daily Trust gath­ered that a preg­nant woman was among the vic­tims.

The fire out­break which started at about 1.45am was con­tained by emer­gency work­ers from the Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (NEMA) po­lice and state govern­ment of­fi­cials around 4am.

A wit­ness said while it was rain­ing, a high ten­sion ca­ble fell on a ve­hi­cle al­legedly car­ry­ing petrol.

“There are se­ries of sparks from the ca­ble when it fell. The sparks later trig­gered off huge fire which en­gulfed the ve­hi­cle,” the wit­ness said.

NEMA South-west spokesman, Ibrahim Farin­loye, who con­firmed the in­ci­dent, said men from both the state and federal fire ser­vice bat­tled the fire for hours be­fore it was con­tained.

“It was the timely in­ter­ven­tion of emer­gency work­ers that pre­vented the fire from spread­ing to nearby houses,” he said.

Farin­loye, who also con­firmed that five per­sons died in the in­ci­dent, added that NEMA of­fi­cials re­sponded to two other in­ci­dents which would have claimed many lives at Co­conut Bus Stop area of Apapa, and Mar­ket Bus Stop area of Ogba.

He said the one at Co­conut Bus Stop in­volved a petrol tanker car­ry­ing fuel which fell, spilling all its con­tent in the mid­dle of the road.

He ad­vised Lagosians to ex­er­cise out­most cau­tion at this pe­riod of tran­si­tion from dry to rainy sea­son, adding that the move­ment of wind could be very heavy and could take con­trol of un­guarded fire which might not be eas­ily con­tained.

The La­gos State Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (LASEMA), Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer (PRO), Kunle Ade­bayo, said the bod­ies of the de­ceased have been de­posited at Gba­gada Gen­eral Hospi­tal mor­tu­ary.

Sim­i­larly, two build­ings of 24 rooms were yes­ter­day de­stroyed by fire at Aje­gunle area of Apapa, while a two story build­ing lo­cated within Univer­sity of La­gos was com­pletely de­stroyed by fire on Wed­nes­day night. No life was lost in the UNILAG and Aje­gunle fire in­ci­dents, but property worth mil­lions of naira were de­stroyed, it was gath­ered.

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