Barely five days after fire gutted a 5-storey building, fire has razed another three-storey building at Breadfruit Street on Lagos Island, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, with one person killed in the inferno.
The fire started Friday around 2.00 pm at 46 Breadfruit Street and destroyed the three-storey building housing nine flats and stores.
Scores of people were injured as they were trying to escape.
One of the occupants of the building, who was not so lucky, was burnt to death and taken to the mortuary by the emergency team, as property worth millions of naira was destroyed by the inferno.
General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu who was at the scene said that the relevant emergency teams were able to rescue some of the occupants. He said that the State Fire Service, State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit (SEHMU), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Nigeria Police Force were on ground for the operation.
Oke-Osanyintolu confirmed that one person died in the inferno, saying that the fire was caused by electrical surge which triggered sudden explosion.
“The incident occurred at about 1:56 p.m and our officials were on ground to salvage the situation. The fire was completely put off while the occupants were immediately evacuated. Unfortunately, one dead body was recovered from the inferno. Perhaps, he was trapped in the fire and could not escape,” he said.
The LASEMA boss decried the recurrence of the fire disaster recorded on the same street in less than a week, adding that proper investigation would be carried out to ascertain the cause in order to avert future occurrences.