Fire ren­ders 39 fam­i­lies home­less in La­gos

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Eu­gene Agha, La­gos

Afire out­break yesterday razed sev­eral makeshift build­ings in three densely pop­u­lated ar­eas of La­gos, ren­der­ing about 39 fam­i­lies home­less.

The in­ci­dent brings to five the num­ber of fire out­breaks that oc­curred in La­gos at the week­end.

The first in­ci­dent was an overnight fire that de­stroyed about 20 makeshift houses at Ikota sec­ond gate area of Lekki, while the sec­ond one razed six rooms at Raliatu close, Sango Tedo also in Lekki.

The third fire out­break which oc­curred at No.11 Otunba Gani Adams Road, Abule Ado area of Ojo de­stroyed about 12 rooms.

Though no life was lost, res­cuers said prop­erty worth mil­lions of Naira were de­stroyed while over 39 fam­i­lies were ren­dered home­less.

A wit­ness said ini­tial ef­fort to pre­vent the fire from spread­ing to other build­ings proved abortive, be­cause of ab­sence of wa­ter in the com­mu­nity.

It was gath­ered that youths in the area had to rush to a canal close to the com­mu­nity to get wa­ter, while some oth­ers strug­gled to get wa­ter from wells to douse the fire.

It was learnt that men of the La­gos State Fire Ser­vice, ar­rived the com­mu­nity when they re­ceived a dis­tress call, but could not sal­vage the sit­u­a­tion.

The com­mu­nity leader said: “The canal from which we got wa­ter was sup­posed to be a drainage. We are us­ing this op­por­tu­nity to call on gov­ern­ment to pay at­ten­tion to this com­mu­nity”

Con­firm­ing the cases, Public Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer (PRO) of the Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (NEMA) in the South-West Re­gion, told Daily Trust that another fire out­break was also recorded at No. 5 Bouil­lon Road, Ikoyi.

He said the fire af­fected a flat in a three storey build­ing.

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