On Monday, fire razed 30 shops in Oro town, Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State.
Newsmen report that the incident occurred in the afternoon at about 3hours, at the Oro Central Market. The fire was caused by careless refuse burning by unknown persons.
According to the spokesman of the state fire service, Hassan Hakeem Adekunle, the burning refuse, spread to a shop and later engulfed other shops within the vicinity area.
He said “Out of the 354 shops in the market area, 30 shops were burnt by the fire, while the remaining shops were rescued by the fire service team”
The fire service team was alerted to the scene by one ASP Yusuf through a telephone call, newsmen gathered.
The Director of the state fire service, Prince Falade John Olumuyiwa, charged citizens of the State to be conscious of fire safety culture in order to drastically reduce the incessant fire outbreaks happening in the State.
Osun State Fire Service has confirmed that its men saved items worth over N100 million in a fire incident that occurred at the Post Office area, Osogbo, on Sunday.
The fire was said to have destroyed three-row shops at the old PZ building, Station Road, Osogbo, destroying goods.
It was also gathered that the swift response of the Fire Service, after receiving a distress call, saved other items.
Fire Service spokesman Adekunle Ibrahim who confirmed that goods were destroyed in the fire said the cause of the inferno was not known, adding that he suspected that an electrical appliance was plugged since Saturday.
“We have not ascertained the worth of goods destroyed, but items saved worth N100million,” Ibrahim stated.
Fire gutted the Nigerian Army Headquarters, Abuja, in the early hours of yesterday. The fire started at about 10:15am and there was no casualty recorded.
Brigadier-General Mohammed Yerima, the Spokesman of the Nigerian Army, said in a statement that the fire incident was caused by electrical fault in one of the offices. He said that the Army Headquarters was undergoing some renovation, which involved electrical work.
He said “Electrical fault sparked a minor fire incident at the Army Headquarters Complex, Abuja, Tuesday morning. The Army Headquarters complex is currently undergoing some renovation involving electrical rework.”
The Nigerian Army Fire Service Department has since put out the fire. No casualty was recorded during the incident and activities have since then returned to the headquarters.
A tanker offloading kerosene at a filling station in Aguleri in the Anambra East Local Government area has caused a fire outbreak.
It was said to suddenly go up in flames while the offloading was going on. No casualty was recorded in the incident, but the truck was gutted by fire while part of the filling station was razed.
Police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed confirmed the incident.
On 21/2/2021 at about 3:pm, there was a fire outbreak at Daymaker filling station Aguleri roundabout in Anambra East LGA of Anambra State. The fire allegedly emanated from the tanker laden with DPK (Kerosene) inside the filling station while discharging its content. As a result, the truck was gutted by fire which razed down part of the filling station. Police operatives led by DPO Otoucha Division, CSP Etah Baba, and other Sister Security Agencies quickly mobilized to the scene and cordoned off the area to prevent looting and further catastrophe. The state Fire Service promptly responded when contacted about the incident. The Commissioner of Police, Monday Bala Kuryas appealed to filling station owners to always apply safety precaution while offloading fuel in order to avert similar ugly incidents which could also lead to loss of lives and injuries especially during harmattan periods,” he said.
The resident of Ile Epo community in the Abule – Egba area of Lagos counted their losses on Monday after a petroleum pipeline explosion.
Five people have been confirmed dead, 11 buildings, 17 shops and 36 vehicles including 33 trucks, were burnt by the inferno which started around 8;30pm on Sunday night. The pipeline was said to belong to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The chairman of Truck Driver Association in the area, Ibrahim Ariyo blamed the explosion on the compromise on the part of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps. He said “ what happened was a compromise on the part of the personnel of the NSCDC security post is close to where the pipeline was punctured.
My question to the NSCDC personnel is why can’t they stop the vandals from carrying out the operation?
He said they have lost millions of naira worth of vehicles to the incident, he complains that he does not know where his people will start from because the burnt trucks are their only source of livelihood, including him.
A resident of the area, Abiodun Olusola, who lost his two bedroom house to the inferno, plead the government to come to the aid of the community. He also said he was inside when he heard the sound of the explosion and ran out without taking anything with him and that it took the fire 45 minute before getting to his house.
Another resident, identified herself as Mama,said she was about preparing food when she heard the sound of the explosion, she had to run for her life taking only her phone. She also said all her goods were burnt by the inferno.
The governor of Lagos state Babajide Sanwo – Olu sympathized with the affected families on twitter.
He tweeted: “ my thoughts and prayers are with the families businesses affected in the unfortunate incident at Abule – egba. We are thankful for the brave members of LASEMA & our fire service that swung into action, working all night to reduce the impact. Pipeline vandals will be shown no mercy”
‘We must work together to ensure man-made incident like the Abule – Egba fire incident are avoided. Security and information gathering along volatile corridors will increase and a stronger synergy with communities must happen. We all have a role to play