National Stadium Surulere gutted by fire

A section of the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos was Wednesday morning gutted by fire.

According to an eye witness account, the fire, which started at about 8:00am and was quenched about one and a half hours later, emanated from offices of the popular Ojez Nite Club, a relaxation spot in the Stadium.



According to the witness, the fire may have been triggered by an electricity surge.


The night club which is situated at the basement of the front wing of the Mainbowl is regarded as the happening spot in the National Stadium.


“I cannot really say what caused the fire but I suspect it will be as a result of an electric spark from inside the directors’ office. The smoke was very heavy when it started and it really impeded our attempt of saving some valuables” the source said.


Despite the level of destruction on ground, the eyewitness said that the men of the fire service responded promptly to the distress call and saved the situation from dire destruction.


“The fire men came on time that is why it did not spread to other places.”


As at the time of filing this report, workers of Ojez Nite Club were seen packing the rubbles and disposing them at a dump site within the stadium.


Joseph Odobeatu, the owner of the Ojez Nite club declined commenting on the fire or his losses. He however expressed gratitude to firemen for their prompt response and thanked God no life was lost.




The National Stadium at Surulere in Lagos was built in 1973 when Nigeria hosted the All African Games. The Stadium which is normally referred to as the Sports city has been in a state of neglect for a long time.


But recently, some renovation work has begun in some sections of the Stadium which will serve as one of the venues for the forthcoming National Sports festival to be hosted by Lagos State later in November.

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