Nigeria: Camp Gas Blamed for Fire That Destroyed Makeshift Structures in Lekki

Nigeria: Camp Gas Blamed for Fire That Destroyed Makeshift Structures in Lekki

By Zuleihat Owuiye, Mamos Nigeria

In a recent statement released by the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, it was revealed that a total of 62 camp gas cylinders were responsible for igniting the fire that ravaged two hectares of makeshift structures in the Ikate Elegushi area of Lekki, Lagos State.

According to Amodu Shakiru, the Head of Public Education for the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, the incident occurred on Sunday night, resulting in significant damage to the makeshift structures and surrounding areas. Fortunately, prompt action by the Lagos State ambulance service ensured that a man who sustained serious injuries was promptly treated.

The fire, which engulfed residential makeshift structures covering approximately two acres of land, was reportedly brought under control around 12:15 hours after continuous efforts by firefighters from the Oniru and Lekki Phase II fire stations.

Shakiru emphasized that negligence was the primary cause of the fire, highlighting the need for vigilance and responsible handling of gas cylinders to prevent such incidents in the future.

Despite the destruction caused by the fire, efforts to assess the extent of the damage and enumerate the properties affected are currently underway.

Temitope Aina, a seasoned reporter specializing in crime, court, and city affairs for Metro, provided insights into the incident, shedding light on the aftermath and ongoing investigations.

In conclusion, the incident serves as a reminder of the importance of fire safety measures and responsible handling of combustible materials to prevent similar tragedies in the future.

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