Fire guts flats at Jakande Es­tate

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Eu­gene Agha, Lagos

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)

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