…Possible Cause of the FESTAC Town fire Revealed
A similar fire incident occurred recently as a result of explorations that rocked the Abule-Ado area of FESTAC Town, leaving horrifying scenes with some residents dead.
The early morning inferno which started at about 2.10am at 7th Avenue, in-front of “J” Close, opposite a Police Post, happened in a 1000Sqm plus undeveloped land occupied by different squatters from various nationalities in Nigeria, mostly northerners.
The Street Reporters Newspaper gathered that the immediate past Executive Chairman of Amuwo Odofin Local Government, Comrade Ayodele Adewale was notified of the incident by one of the residents who was identified as Mr. Sylvester Ojegba.
Comrade Adewale was said to had immediately reported the fire incident to the Lagos State Emergency services, via their number 767.
It was also gathered the the former Council boss also contacted the Head of Lagos State Emergency Management Authority (LASEMA), Mr. Femi Osanyintolu, the Divisional Police Officer, Festac Police Station and other disaster management agencies who provided immediate support.
The men of the Federal Fire Service, Festac Town were said to have arrived the scene of the incident on time with a fire truck with registration number FFS-54. The team was led by DSF Owana.
They were later joined by another fire truck with registration number LA 150 A40, with a team led by Akoteyon Sunday from Lagos State Fire Service, Ojo Local Government Area of the state.
The fire was eventually put out at about 3.25a.m., unfortunately the materials which the shanties at the undeveloped land were made of were highly inflammable and frantic efforts to save properties belonging to the occupants proved abortive.
The cause of fire was traced to a generating set.
Comrade Adewale along with Hon. Adewumi Ogunshina and Mr. Tony Babaniyi visited the area again at 7:20am for a better assessment of the disaster scene and to empathise with residents who had lost properties.
No life was lost in the incident.
Residents thanked the Federal Fire Service for early arrival,Mr. Sylvester Ojegba and Comrade Ayodele Adewale for raising the alarm as well as the Police for their speedy intervention in containing and putting out the inferno.
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