Fire guts flats at Jakande Estate
A fire yesterday gutted flats in a two-storey building at the Jakande Estate in Isolo, Lagos, destroying property worth millions of naira.
Though no life was lost, it rendered two families homeless. The inferno at block 369 made it the third of such incidents within the past three months in the estate.
A similar outbreak at the Mechanic Village in the estate in August claimed three lives from one family. Yesterday’s fire destroyed property in two apartments on the top floor of the building.
A witness who identified himself as Ojo Olaosebikan told our correspondent that they first noticed the fire around 9am. He attributed the outbreak to a sudden surge in electricity supply. He said the fire was put out by neighbours before it could spread.
One of the victims, Mr Omenoko Christian, an employee of Nigerdock Plc, said, “It was a power surge. Nobody was around when the fire started. I took my child and wife to school where she is a teacher. The fire resulted from high current.
“Iya Oja was the one who called the fire station but it took them time to get to our house since they stay far away. I just packed into this house owned by the government in May. All of my life’s investment, documents, money and property were in the house. I was the one who renovated the apartment before moving in. I spent over one million naira putting the apartment together. I have lost everything now”, he said. The General Manager, Lagos State Fire Service, Razaq Fadipe confirmed the incident.
Residents wade through floodwater in Nueva Ecija province, the Philippines yesterday. Two people died and five other got injured as typhoon Koppu, locally named Lando, continued to batter the northern Philippines, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported on Monday. (Xinhua via ZUMA Wire)