Fire renders 39 families homeless in Lagos

By: Eugene Agha

A fire 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.