Fire Disaster: Fire kills three children, guts market in Lagos


fireA domestic fire incident that occurred at the Egbeda area of Lagos, yesterday burnt three children to death, even as another fire occurred at Ajah, gutting the market there.

The three kids were burnt to death in their residence at number 20 Fakoya Street, Vulcanizer Bus stop,  Egbeda area of Akowonjo.

A late evening fire on Sunday engulfed some parts of the popular Ajah market, located along the Ibeju-Lekki axis of Lagos, before the state and federal fire service succeeded in putting it out.

Although the cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained as at the time of filing this report, the fire which reportedly started at about 5.30p.m., had incited panic in the market and its spillover effect caused a traffic snarl in the area.

Already, the fire burnt down countless shops and goods of the traders, who were quite taken unawares by the inferno.

One of the traders in the market who spoke to THISDAY on the phone said the fire took them unawares because it occurred on a Sunday when trading activities operate on a low ebb.

She said, “Usually, on Sundays like this, it’s basically people that sell life produce that opens shop and a few others who want to.

“So as we were trying to make sales after the heavy rain that poured this morning, we heard shouts of fire and behold when we looked up, we saw flames of fire.

“Our immediate reaction was to save what we could save but some of the affected persons were those  who did not open shop like we did.

The spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), South-west, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed both incidents.

He said, “The Akowonjo fire killed three children of the same parents. It happened in their residence at Egbeda.

“As for the Ajah fire, Although we are yet to take stock of the losses incurred from the inferno, the fire services were able to put out the fire before it could cause further damages.

“No life was lost and no one was injured in the inferno, although some of the shops in the market were affected. But no much damage was caused.

“We don’t know the cause but because the fire incident was closer to the highway, it disrupted the traffic and caused a terrible vehicular snarl that lasted for hours.”

“People should know that rainy season does not stop fire outbreaks, if use of fire is not guided and maintained in a controlled environment.
“Therefore, we need to be on guard and be safety conscious at all times and be guided against fire disasters.”

 

-Thisday


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