No less than 150 makeshift structures were gutted by fire that started late Friday night at Kano Street, Ebute-Meta area of Lagos State, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Another fire incident gutted goods worth millions of naira at the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) training school’s warehouse in the early hours of Saturday.
Rasak Fadipe, the Director, Lagos State Fire Service, confirmed both incidents to NAN on Saturday in Lagos.
Mr. Fadipe said his office got information about the fire outbreak that destroyed the makeshift structures at about 10.30 p.m., Friday night.
The director said that it took his men more than seven hours to put out the inferno. He said all the makeshift structures in the area were burnt.
“Our men were on ground as soon as they got the information; but then, the fire had already spread fast due to the makeshift structures and the current hot weather.
“We were able to put out the fire at about 5.30 a.m.,” he said. There was no casualty,” he said.
Similarly, the firemen were also on ground to extinguish another fire outbreak at the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) training school’s warehouse, Ikeja.
Mr. Fadipe said that the fire, which started at about 1.30 a.m. on Saturday, was still raging as at the time of filling this report.
”It is a storey building. The upstairs is used for lectures, while the ground floor is use as a warehouse for seized goods.
“The building structure collapsed on the goods on the ground floor while our men were still battling with the fire due to the intensity of the inferno on the structure.
“There is an excavator trying to remove the rubbles from the goods now,” he said. (NAN)