Fire destroys makeshift structures in Lekki

Several persons escaped death on Sunday night when a fire gutted some makeshift structures in the Ikate-Elegushi area of Lekki in Lagos State.

The fire affected the makeshift structures around the vicinity of Star Road, by Horizon Heights, Ikate-Elegushi, Lekki Lagos.

The Director, Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service Margaret, Margaret Adeseye, confirmed the incident in a statement on Monday.

According to her, the incident involved residential makeshift structures, encompassing approximately an acre of land.

She said efforts by firefighters, who employed defensive firefighting tactics, prevented its spread to upscale properties.

“Notably, the fire was challenging to control due to the involvement of 65 camp gas canisters, which posed an explosion risk. Fortunately, there have been no reported casualties.

“Investigation into the cause of the fire revealed that it originated from one of the rooms within shanties behind an estate before extending to nearby structures. Collaborative efforts from the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, estate fire department, and the Nigerian Police Force ensured a rapid and coordinated response, effectively preventing any loss of life or injuries,” she said.

The PUNCH reports that no fewer than 6,700 traders lost their goods to a fire that gutted the popular Mandilas building on Broad Street, Lagos Island Local Government Area of Lagos State on January 21, 2024.

This is just as 450 shops, 30 offices, two hotels, and five restaurants were destroyed by the impact of the fire which affected the 14-storey building.

“The impacted traders are estimated to accommodate about 6,700 traders, 450 shops, 30 offices, two hotels, and five restaurants, according to the Iya Oja of the  Atunwase International Market Mandilas General, Alhaja Adeniji Rashidat, who briefed the assessors.

“The fire which started at about 0011 hours began at the first floor where an alleged wielding activity was going on.

“It was alleged that the people around did not notice the fire until it was too late before the fire service was contacted. The fire, also, spread to surrounding market stalls at the Atunwase International Market with equal extensive damage as the main complex,” the Lagos State Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency, Ibrahim Farinloye, disclosed this in a statement.


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