Billion Naira Worth Of Properties Gone, Scores Killed As Lagos Fire Spreads - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Sunday, March 15, 2020

Billion Naira Worth Of Properties Gone, Scores Killed As Lagos Fire Spreads

 Scene of explosion

From Godwin Akomah, Lagos

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Estimated properties worth over a billion naira have gone up in flames while scores of residents and visitors are feared dead as fire from heavy explosion at Ijegun, Abule Ado area of Lagos on Sunday spread to Festac Town and other communities in the Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State, spilling up to Agege, also in Lagos.

Operatives of the Lagos State Fire Service, Federal Fire Service and the Nigerian Navy Fire Tender were sighted still battling in the afternoon to put out the raging inferno which began around 9:00am. 

The explosion which shook the whole of Ijegun and surrounding communities also threw balls of fire into homes, business premises and worship centres even as the inferno licked through a large swathe of path, destroying anything on its track of fury.

No fewer than 15 corpses, including those of a family of four, were said to have been retrieved from the fire while scores of others were rescued alive but with severe scorching. 

The explosion did not spare the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) oil pipeline passing through the area as the fire spread to it but the pipeline has been shut down to prevent a worse conflagration.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) puts the estimate of buildings destroyed as at noon time to over 50 with more on the brink of being razed down in parts of  Abule Ado, near the Trade Fair Complex on the Lagos-Badagry highway

Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of NEMA, told reporters that  it is not yet established what caused the explosion.

 But some Lagosians are already  suspecting an explosive device that went off.

However, rescue operations are still going on in the affected communities. 

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