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Banks, shops, hospital razed in Lagos fire incidents


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LAGOS State Government’s efforts to raise public awareness notwithstanding, no fewer than eight fire incidents were recorded in parts of Lagos State at the weekend. While no life was lost, the outbreaks consumed property worth millions of naira.

The Guardian gathered that most of the fire cases occurred overnight. In the early hours of Sunday, a former NITEL two-storey building on Moloney Street, Lagos Island, housing Fidelity and EcoBank, was gutted by fire at around 4am.

At around the same time, a private primary school of eight classrooms went up in flames at Number 3, Shoremekun Street, Aboru. At Eletudibo Street, Awoyaya, on Lekki-Epe Expressway, some shanties were also raised by fire.

In the early hours of Saturday too, about three fire outbreaks were recorded. A set of shops at Awoyaya Bus Stop, Ajah and a long stretch storey building of 52 rooms were gutted by the overnight fire outbreak at 42, Lagos road, Epe. Eye Foundation Hospital at 27, Isaac John Street, Ikeja, was not spared, as a part of the building was gutted.

Director of Lagos Fire Service, Rasak Fadipe, confirmed the incidents, adding that his men promptly responded to distress calls to curtail the spread and minimise the damage.

It would be recalled that over 20 fire outbreaks were recorded in the state last week, even as the state government outlawed public smoking and the use of firecrackers both of which were fingered for fire outbreaks. About N16.38 billion worth of properties were lost to various fire incidents, while N98.28b of properties were also salvaged this year alone.

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