Fire kills 38, destroys N10bn properties in Lagos


In six months, fire incidents in different parts of Lagos metropolis have taken the lives of about 38 people, just as properties worth over N10 billion have been destroyed.

According to a report issued yesterday by the Lagos State Fire Service and signed by the Director of the State Fire Service, Mr. Rasaq Fadipe, it was gathered that despite the fact that the first half of the year normally falls on wet season, the state recorded an unusually high incidence of fire outbreak. The report had it that between January 2015 and June 2015, there were 834 fire calls out of which 40 people were rescued alive and 38 others recovered dead.

The report also had it that about N60 billion properties were saved, while N10.09 billion properties were consumed by fire.

Fadipe who signed the report said the state fire service was surprised at the high number of emergency calls received within the period under review, noting that majority of the incidences are caused by human errors.

He said that 399 emergency calls were effectively responded to by the state fire service.

The fire director urges members of the public to remember that there is no small fire, adding that every outbreak of fire is followed by destruction to properties and sometimes lives are threatened or lost.

Fadipe said: “The state government places high premium on the safety of lives and properties of the citizenry; therefore, the non-challant attitude of the public to the safety of their lives and properties is of great concern to the Fire Service.


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