Lagos On Fire…NRC Train, Samsung Burn

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A train belonging to the Nigeria Railway Corporation, NRC, was Thursday, gutted by fire in the Ebute-Meta area of Lagos State.

The cause of the NRC train fire which started at about 12 noon, is yet to be known, however, it was observed that smoke was billowing from behind the parked train before the incident.

The NRC Dekoconnect.net lagos concerns Lagos train on fireistrict Public Relations Officer, PRO, Khadijat Adekomaiya, who confirmed the incident, said the fire had caused serious loss to the corporation.

According to reports, two coaches were completely damaged by the fire, as residents scampered for safety.

Adekomaiya said, “The coaches were parked for repairs and when we noticed the fire, we asked all our workers to move out. We tried fighting the fire with fire extinguishers to reduce the damage before the arrival of firefighters.

“We will ensure a thorough investigation so that it does not recur in the future. As you can see, we only suffered material loss, no one sustained injuries and no life was lost,” the PRO added.

Some minutes later, the fire aggravated.
The fire service was called, but they did not arrive until about 30 minutes after the fire had spread and caught two coaches.

Some of the workers tried to combat the flames with water and fire extinguishers, but the efforts did not yield any result.Fire-Razes-e1452022416814

The fire service later arrived and put out the fire, after other parts of the train had been detached from the coaches.

On the same day, fire also gutted a Samsung Showroom on 17 Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos and Akwill Fibre Company on 28, Nelson Cole Street off Iju Road, Lagos.

The Samsung inferno affected the ground floor of a storey building.

Director, Lagos State Fire Service Razaq Fadipe said the place was smoke filled and his men could not access it.

“We cut the iron bars and burglar proof before we entered. We also made use of a self-contain breathing apparatus because the place was smoke
logged and there was no way we could enter freely. Most of the electrical appliances went with the fire. Ilupeju, Alausa, Ikeja and Isolo responded to the fire,” he said.

The fibre company fire, it was gathered, was caused by a burning bush beside the company.

Fadipe quoted a worker as saying that the firm uses coconut shell for production.

The emergency responders led by the fire service, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and Lagos State Traffic

Management Authority (LASTMA) responded.

LASEMA General Manager Michael Akindele said fire officers contained the fire before it could spread to other buildings in the area. “There was no casualty but properties worth millions of naira

were destroyed. It was alleged that the Samsung fire was as a result of power surge”.

Source: http://www.thenet.ng


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