294 Shops Razed In Lagos Market Fire – LASEMA

The scene of the Lagos Plank Market Fire. Credit: LASEMA

 

No fewer than 294 shops have been completely razed after a night fire raged at the Oke-Afa Planks and Building Materials Market in the Ejigbo area of Lagos State on Friday.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency confirmed the incident in a statement on Saturday.

Although the cause of the inferno that started around 9 pm on Friday is yet to be ascertained, LASEMA said there was no record of casualties and no loss of lives.

Besides the 294 shops razed, other properties destroyed by the fire include two residential bungalows, a market mosque, three storage tanks, amongst others.

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“Consequent upon the arrival of the Agency’s Responders at the scene of the incident, it was discovered that a plank market which consists of 378 shops at the above location was engulfed in a wild inferno on Friday night and continued raging till this morning, Saturday 18th, December 2021,” the statement read.

“All efforts by the Agency’s Response Team, its Fire Men in collaboration with Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service to put out the fire and prevent it from spreading to adjoining buildings proved successful as the fire was curtailed from spreading further and put out completely.”

LASEMA Director-General, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, sympathised with the shop owners and the residents of the affected buildings burnt by the fire.

He appealed to all traders to ensure their properties are well insured while urging Lagosians to be safety-conscious and vigilant especially during the harmattan season which is harsh and prone to fire incidents.

According to him, there is the need for Lagos residents to be very watchful and at alert to reduce the risk and vulnerability to fire outbreaks caused by the harsh harmattan season, because ’emergency management is everyone’s business’

This is even as he reiterated the commitment of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu’s administration in prioritising the safety of lives and properties of Lagosians.

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Fire Razes Furniture Workshop, Spare Parts Building In Ladipo Market

A photo collage showing the burning building and emergency operators at the scene of the fire outbreak.

 

A furniture workshop and an auto spare parts building in Ladipo market, Mushin Local Government Area of Lagos State have been razed by fire.

The fire started on Sunday night from the furniture workshop and according to emergency operators, it continued till Monday morning, affecting the spare parts building.

“A fire outbreak at 85, Ladipo Street by Fatai Atere Road Ladipo Market since 11:00 yesterday involving a 3 Storey building has continued to rage till now.

“The Security fortification of the building has created a serious obstruction to access the building which has already shown signs of safety concerns.

“The fire was said to have started at a furniture workshop behind the building with an electrical spark at about 10:45 p.m,” a statement by the rescue operators read in part.

The neighbours claimed that they were not aware that the spark could have led to fire and by the time they realised the full fire outbreak, they could not handle it.

Before responders could arrive, the fire had spread to the three-storey building.

Emergency operators including Nigeria National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), State Fire and Federal Fire Services Service, and Police are at the scene.

No casualty has been recorded so far, as operations are ongoing.

Four Dead, Others Trapped As Another Building Collapses In Lagos

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A screengrab showing rubbles of the collapsed building.

 

Four persons have died and five others rescued as a building under construction collapsed in the Badagry area of Lagos State on Wednesday.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), confirmed the figures in an update.

“Nine Casualties who were construction workers were recorded of which five adult males were rescued and taken to the hospital for medical treatment while four adult males were recovered dead from the rubbles and taken to Badagry General Hospital by Police Officers from Area K in the company of family members for documentation,” the agency posted on its social media handle.

Earlier,  the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service had said that the victims were rescued with varying degrees of injury but in stable condition and been taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.

“However, 4 (four) adults male have been recovered (unconscious) thus far as the Nigerian Police, Morogbo Division, and the community dwellers are complementing the efforts of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service,” the Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Margaret Adeseye, said about the building located at Sunny Filled, Flour Mills, Estate, Magbon in Badagry.

In the update, the agency said efforts were ongoing to rescue other people trapped in the building.


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Wednesday’s incident is coming two weeks after a 21-storey structure collapsed in the Ikoyi area of the state. Over 40 persons died in the incident with several others injured.

The development elicited reactions from many quarters with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State admitting that “mistakes were made from all angles”.

“This is an event that could be described clearly as a national disaster. Mistakes were made from all angles,” the governor said, days before he set up a Tribunal of Enquiry to probe the incident.

Sanwo-Olu added that “the panel’s terms of reference also include ascertaining whether there was a compromise of the building codes by the developer, his contractor, and statutory regulatory agencies.

“The panel will be finding out who the culprits are. The investigation will start with the heads of regulatory agencies.

“Be rest assured that if there are other people found wanting in the course of the investigation, everybody will face the full wrath of the law.”

Pipeline Leaks In Lagos Community After Suspected Vandalism

The scene of the pipeline leakage in Ikotun area of Lagos State.

 

There was panic in the Ikotun area of Lagos State on Friday following the leakage of the Atlas Cove-Mosimi system pipeline channel.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), and the State Fire and Rescue Service, confirmed the incident.

According to the emergency rescue team, the heavy flow of Premium Motor Spirit was caused by suspected vandalism and bunkering in the early hours of the day.

The Director of the State Fire Rescue Service, Adeseye Margaret, said the PMS was gushing out from the pipeline and the contents had travelled through drainage systems to Igando/Idimu roads and some areas in Alimosho.

She explained in a statement that the vandalised pipeline has been repaired by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Maintenance Team and the entire area blanketed by the LASEMA Response Unit and the Lagos State Fire Service.

Meanwhile, all first responders are at the scene of the incident and other affected areas to avert any disaster.

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Train Collides With Truck In Iju-Ishaga, Lagos

Scene of the train accident.

 

A train accident occurred on Monday along the Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos State involving a truck carrying animal feeds.

Eyewitnesses told Channels Television that the truck did not clear off the rail track completely which led to the train brushing it off from the rear.

Although no causality was recorded, the accident led to vehicular traffic in the area.

Rescue officials and security operatives have swung to action, by pulling the truck off the track for easy passage.

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The officials also explained to Channels Television that the truck was on one-way when the accident occurred.

“Stakeholders are here from the Federal Fire Service, LASTMA, LASEMA, and others are all on the ground. The truck that will remove the trailer from the track is already on the ground.

“We are attempting to remove its content- the animal feed – so that it will be easy for it to be removed from the track,” Wale Adedokun, Search and Rescue Officer, Lagos Territorial Office explained.

Fire Guts Warehouses At Iddo Railway Terminal

A fire outbreak has been reported at Iddo terminal, Ebute Metta area of Lagos State.

The incident according to eyewitnesses started on Sunday evening from one of the shanties close to the terminal affecting warehouses and shops closeby.

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The Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu said the fire was caused by a power surge when electricity was restored at shanties behind the terminus.

“While there appears to be no loss of life, the agency is working alongside the Lagos and federal fire services to control the fire and curtail the extensive spread of the flames,” he said.

According to witnesses, the warehouses were filled with flammable items, including candles, which contributed to the inferno.

‘No Life Lost’: LASEMA Says As Fire Guts Ketu Plank Market

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No casualties were recorded following the fire that gutted the Ketu plank market in Lagos State.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) stated this on Sunday while noting that the fire started from one part of the market.

According to the DG, Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, no life was lost and no one was injured in the incident. Goods were, however, destroyed.

Oke-Osanyintolu further stated that emergency responders comprising the LASEMA team and the Lagos State Fire Service have pt out the raging inferno.

According to the LASEMA boss, a trailer that was caught up in the inferno has also been evacuated from the road to a layby.

He, therefore, urged members of the public to exercise caution at all times especially when dealing with heavy-duty equipment or machinery.

 

Driver Flees As Petrol Tanker Falls, Spills Content On Lagos Road

The scene of the accident at the Tincan area of Lagos State on December 25, 2020. Credit: LASEMA

 

A petrol tanker has fallen around the Sunrise area of Tincan, in Lagos State, spilling its content on the ground with the driver of the vehicle at large

Confirming the incident on Friday via Twitter, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), said agency response team and other responders are firmly on the ground to curtail any secondary incident.

“Efforts are ongoing by the owners of the tanker to transload the remaining contents; however the driver Of the tanker has fled the scene, therefore, making it difficult to locate the owners,” LASEMA said.

“Officials of NUPENG are doing everything within their purview to facilitate the transloading. The agency response team and other responders are firmly on the ground to curtail any secondary incident.”

The truck was said to have upturned after the driver rammed into a pothole around 7.30 am, and the content being conveyed to a destination in the state, spilt on the road.

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Fire Guts Multiple Vehicles Along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

The scene of the tanker explosion on Kara Bridge of the Lagos Ibadan Expressway.

 

Multiple vehicles were engulfed in a fire that started on Saturday morning along the Kara Bridge section of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

According to eyewitnesses, the fire was triggered by an explosion from a petrol tanker.

The number of human casualties could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report.

The Nigerian police and Federal Road Safety Corps officials have arrived at the scene to put the situation under control.

The incident led to heavy traffic on that section of the expressway on Saturday morning.

Tanker related accidents are common along Kara Bridge. On July 17, two trucks and a fully-loaded fuel tanker were in collision, resulting in major gridlock for commuters.

At least one person was confirmed dead on June 21, after a petrol tanker, a gas truck, and a cement transport truck collided on the bridge.

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Updated: Six Dead, Others Injured As Building Collapses In Lagos

Rescue workers at the scene of the building collapse in Obalende on October 11.

 

Six persons have died and five others severely injured after a building collapsed in the Obalende area of Lagos State on Sunday

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), confirmed this in a statement on Sunday.

Ten others equally sustained minor injuries during the incident, the agency added.

According to the agency, the building located at No. 60 Odo Street, Obalende, Eti-Osa, was under construction when it collapsed partially and explained that the fatalities include one woman and five men.

“The emergency response plan has been activated and all responders are en route the scene,” DG/CEO LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, said.

He also urged residents to remain calm and keep away from the area.

This comes just weeks after a three-storey building collapsed in the Ejigbo area of the state.

 

UPDATED: At Least 16 Persons Critically Injured As Gas Tanker Explodes In Lagos

 

A gas tanker exploded on Thursday in the Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos, leaving at least 16 persons critically injured and scores of building and cars destroyed.

Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

The LASEMA boss said efforts are being made by his men to put out the resulting fire from the explosion with support from the Lagos State Fire Service, the Nigeria Police Force, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

On Twitter, the emergency agency asked Lagosians to remain calm.

A gas explosion occurred in the Iju area of Lagos on September 24, 2020.
A gas explosion occurred in the Iju area of Lagos on September 24, 2020.

 

 

According to LASEMA investigations, an unknown truck conveying gasoline had a lone accident and exploded.

“The impact of the explosion led to fire on adjoining buildings and several vehicles burnt,” the agency said. “Several persons were injured and have been taken to the nearest hospital for treatment.”

A Damaged Tanker?

Speaking to Channels Television on Thursday at the site of the explosion, LASEMA’s Director of Operations, Engr Olatunde Akinsanya said 16 persons have been confirmed to be critically injured and taken to the Iju Water Works clinic.

Akinsanya added that the gas tanker explosion took place at about 3:30 pm.

Several buildings and cars were destroyed after a gas tanker exploded in Lagos on September 24, 2020.
Several buildings and cars were destroyed after a gas tanker exploded in Lagos on September 24, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun

 

The tanker was supposed to off load its content at a gas station, but the station’s owner reportedly refused to allow him because a seal had been broken, indicating that the content had been tampered with.

Enraged by the refusal of the station manager to off load the content in his tanker, the driver moved out of the premises.

A few meters away from the gas station, the front tire of the tanker burst and the gear box struck the ground causing a spark which led to an explosion when it came in contact with gas that was leaking from the tanker.

The vehicle ended in a ditch, where a second explosion erupted.

Eyewitnesses told Channels Television that the second explosion sent the tanker flying and destroying buildings in its path, including a church.

The impact of the explosion spread about 300 radii from the scene of the incident, the LASEMA official said.

It was not yet clear at the time of reporting this story whether the driver of the tanker was still alive as he seemed to have sustained third-degree burns.

Two Killed As Vehicles Collide With Train In Oshodi

Scene of the accident.

 

Two passengers were killed on Monday after a bus and a highlander Jeep collided with a moving commuter train at PWD inward Oshodi, Lagos.

The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu who confirmed the incident said the bus with six passengers suddenly veered onto the tracks and collided with the train.

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“The agency received distress calls at 8.12 am on the above. Upon arrival at the scene, it was discovered that a passenger motor GGE 972 GE with six passengers had veered onto the train tracks while crossing the rail at PWD inward Oshodi and subsequently collided with a scheduled commuter train,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.

The two vehicles were then dragged along for a stretch of the journey before the train managed to come to a complete halt.

The Agency was able to successfully extricate a total of eight passengers, six with minor injuries were provided with on-site medical care while two males including a 20-year old sustained severe injuries and were taken to LASUTH for further treatment. The other adult male subsequently lost his life

The accident vehicles were recovered off the road with the aid of the Agency’s Light rescue equipment while traffic management measures were put in place by the emergency responders, alongside taskforce officials and Nigeria Police.

Members of the public, especially drivers of commuter buses are advised to obey traffic regulations to prevent loss of life, injuries, and transport delays.

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Additional investigations by LASEMA reveal that a third vehicle, a highlander Jeep was also involved in the collision and its passengers (two adult males) sustained serious injuries before being transported to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital.

The DG of LASEMA confirmed that one passenger has lost his life and been placed in the hospital morgue while the other is still undergoing treatment.

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