At least two persons escaped death while equipment worth millions of naira was damaged after a fire incident at the old head office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in the Wuse 2 area of Abuja on Monday.
Although the cause of the fire could not be ascertained as of press time, it was learnt that the fire started from the ICT department which formerly served as the newsroom.
The EFCC said in a statement by its acting spokesman, Mr. Tony Orilade, that the damage would have been worse if not for the timely arrival of men of the Federal Fire Service.
The firefighters led by the Sector Commander, Melone Onyekachi, arrived at the scene when the service was alerted to the fire by the Incident Duty Officer of the commission, Kayode Oyetunde, at 7pm .
The statement read in part, “The fire started at the former newsroom, which now serves as storage for ICT equipment that were retrieved from the commission’s former offices scattered across Abuja.
“The former newsroom is in the Costa Hall, which was inaugurated by Dr. Antonio Costa in 2007. The building currently houses the Data Centre and the Combined Inter Agency Task Force.”
When asked what could have caused the fire, Onyekachi said, “Our duty is to put out fire; that we have successfully done. There is another department that will come and ascertain the cause of the fire.”
According to the statement, two officers attached to the Combined Inter-Agency Task Force who were trapped on the second floor of the building were rescued before the fire was eventually subdued. The extent of the damage would be ascertained after stock-taking.
The Commission’s Chief Security Officer, Nasir Abdullahi, immediately after the fire was stopped, went to the Maitama Police Station to report. (Punch)
An articulated tanker laden with 33,000 liters of petrol crashed into Nkwo Ogidi market, Idemili North LGA, bursting into flames and razing down about 17 shops with goods worth millions of naira.
An eye witness Chukwudi Arinze told Daily Sun that the vehicle at about 11 am was climbing a steep section of the Chinua Achebe bypass from the expressway through the International Building Materials Market, but could not get to the Ugwunwasike roundabout before the vehicle started rolling backwards.
The source said that when the tanker fell into the front shops of the market, the contents spilled onto the adjoining routes behind the market, where people began to scoop fuel from the scene shortly before the tanker exploded into flames.
Ogbuli Oby, a Fire Officer from the State Fire Service, said that his team responded immediately with the first fire truck stationed at the nearby building material market, also calling for reinforcement from Onitsha Main market and Okpoko but the entire contents from the 3 trucks were dispensed while the fire kept on raging.
Line Chairman of the market, Valentine Nwabufo Okonkwo said he received a distress call over the incident but when he got to the market, thick billows of smoke has already covered the entire area. He said 17 shops were destroyed completely while goods stocked by the owners who deal on different products have been damaged. He said they are still taking stock and will assess the extent of damage when the fire is finally put off.
Transition Council Chairman of Idemili North LGA, Raphael Asha Nnabuife while lamenting the level of damages caused by the incident thanked God that no life was lost. He also expressed gratitude to the DPO Ogidi Police Division, CSP Mark Ijarafu and the men of the state fire service whom he noted that if not for their combined efforts, the fire would have escalated into other shops, adjoining buildings and offices within the area. The Council Chairman also cautioned drivers on the need to ensure that their vehicles were in top shape at all times attributing the cause of the crash to possible brake issue.
One of the victims of the fire, Mrs Miko Theresa said everything in her two shops stocked with computer materials were razed to ashes. She appealed to the state government to come to their aid. (The Sun)
The tanker had fallen close to the car dealer’s pool as the tanker lost control and balance adjacent the Festac Town link bridge that connects it to the Amuwo Odofin/Apple Junction highbrow street.
However, witnesses told Daily Sun that the incident occurred at about midday when the tanker heading towards the Apple Junction area detached from the head and fell at the foot of the Festac Town Link Bridge.
Sunnewsonline had broken the news immediately as we got calls from the scene.
The witness we spoke with at the scene later identified as Maxwell Onyedikachi explained that the tanker spilled its product on the road but fire was ignited when a commercial bus at the scene started its engine to flee the scene.
He revealed that the fallen tanker caused huge pandemonium as many business owners around the scene were confused and in terrible panic.
Motorists from the opposite side of the road abandoned their vehicles and flee when they were confronted with the huge flame emanating from the tanker.
Sunnewsonline learnt that the cars that were burnt were second hand vehicles displayed for sale, but most of the vehicles were burnt completely.
Exotic vehicles including five sport utility vehicles (SUV) were destroyed while the operators of the car mart were able to salvage few.
It was gathered that most of the vehicles could have been saved, but the owner who was to give authority to move the cars was not around when the fire started.
Also, another assistant at the mart was unable to hand over the keys of the vehicle for fear of thieves who may cash in on the pandemonium to help themselves.
Another witness who spoke on condition of anonymity said three persons, who were fleeing the scene of the fire, jumped into the lagoon but were later rescued by boat operators who were at the scene.
The General Manager Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu told us that investigation to unravel what really happened before the tanker exploded would be carried out by the police and other security agencies within the area.
The LASEMA General Manager said that it took the joint effort of all the security and safety agencies, including the Lagos State and the Federal Fire Services and LASEMA to put out the inferno at about 2.20pm. (The Sun)
There is agony right now spreading uncontrollably as fire razes dozens of cars on the Festac Link Road, Lagos.
The tanker, laden with petroleum product, lost control on the link bridge and fell, spilling the content and an attendant inferno.
An eyewitness called to inform us that whereas occupants in nearby vehicles managed to escape, a lot of vehicles in the traffic and those parked nearby have been burnt to husks, and the fire still spreading. (The Sun)
An overnight fire has killed a family of four, simply identified as Eze’s family, at No. 13, Buraimoh street, Bariga area of Lagos.
The Director of Lagos State Fire Service, Mr Rasak Fadipe, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos.
Fadipe said the incident occurred at about 2.48 a.m.
He said personnel of the service got to the scene of the incident as soon as they got information about the fire, but that due to the double burglary irons on the door and window of the apartment, they were unable to reach the victims in time.
“The apartment is a chemist store. The father, mother, and two children of ages five and eight were found dead inside the store.
“ We advise that although one needs security in his or her house or business place, it should not be to the detriment of the people.
“Members of the family should always know the exist of their apartment whenever there is an emergency,” the director said.
Some sources said that the deceased woman was pregnant mother of the two children, and that the fire started after electricity supply was restored to the area.
Others believed that the fire could have been caused by candle light. (NAN)
Sky News Correspondent Mark White, who is on the Latimer Road side of the tower block, reported the fire has now “for the most part died down” but “every now and again there’s still an eruption of flames from one of the window”.
He added firefighters had been “making their way systematically through flat after flat, room after room” as they search through the debris and collapsed ceilings for those unaccounted for.
Their work is expected to last into Thursday, with drones also being used to search the building.
Concerns had previously been raised about both the building’s fire safety and evacuation procedures.
A local residents group said its previous warnings about safety had fallen on “deaf ears”. In its blog post dated from November 2016, the group warned “only a catastrophic event” would expose the issues residents had with the building – including its single entry and exit point.
Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick, the secretary of the all-party Parliamentary Fire Safety and Rescue Group, said the Government has resisted calls to install sprinkler systems in high-rise blocks in the wake of the 2009 Lakanal House tragedy.
Petrol station in Onitsha on fire, The Republican news
Petrol station in Onitsha on fire, The Republican news
From Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha
Many people were trapped, yesterday, as fire razed about 15 buildings in Onitsha, Anambra state.
The fire started at about 8.20pm, yesterday, from a filling station at Denis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha (DMGS) Junction. Banks, street markets and many vehicles were burnt.
It was gathered that the fire was caused by a tanker loaded with fuel, which lost control and fell into the filling station situated at DMGS Roundabout and exploded on impact.
At the time of filing this report, the fire was still raging, despite the presence of officials of Fire Service who came an hour after the fire started, but could not stop it from spreading. It was also gathered that many were injured while trying to escape from their buildings, while others sustained injurirs while trying to remove valuables from their shops and houses. As at last night, there was no official confirmation of the number of casualties, but security operatives and the Red Cross were on ground to secure life and property.
Goods said to worth millions of naira were on Sunday destroyed, while more than 300 structures were razed after fire gutted the Lagos State office of the Nigerian Breweries Plc, and the Kara Cattle Market in Ogun State.
The brewery fire, which occurred in the Costain, Iganmu area of Lagos, occurred around 4am and destroyed some sections of the facility.
PUNCH Metro gathered that a large number of crates, containing empty and filled bottles of drinks, as well as two containers, were engulfed in flames.
Although the main fire had been brought under control, emergency officials were still battling with pockets of fire on the company’s premises as of 5pm when this report was filed.
Our correspondent learnt that the fire, whose cause had yet to be ascertained, covered acres of land, where goods were kept.
The Lagos State Fire Service Director, Mr. Rasaq Fadipe, said the fire was prevented from spreading to a filling station and tank farms on the premises.
He said, “The fire covered about four acres of land. It is an open space where both full and empty cartons are kept. The fire was very massive because bottles are petrochemical products, which are very difficult to battle. Seven fire trucks were deployed from the state fire service and complemented with Julius Berger’s three fire trucks.
“There are still pockets of fire here are there and we are trying to remove cartons that have not been affected. The fire service station at Sari Iganmu saw smokes billowing and traced it to the company. They didn’t call us.”
Fadipe urged property owners to always alert the fire service to any fire outbreak irrespective of its enormity.
The General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu, said the pallet section of the brewery was also affected.
“No casualty was recorded in the incident, but a large number of goods were destroyed,” he added.
The Corporate Affairs Adviser, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Kufre Ekanem, in a statement on Sunday stated that only empty bottles and plastic crates were affected, adding that the incident did not disrupt the company’s operation.
“There was a fire outbreak today at the empty bottle compound of the Lagos plant of the Nigerian Breweries Plc in Iganmu, Lagos. The fire, which started early in the morning, has been put under control by men of the Lagos State Fire Service supported by the Nigerian Brewery fire team and other nearby corporate organisations,” the statement read in part.
Meanwhile, no fewer than 300 structures were consumed in the Kara Cattle Market, Ogun State, while thousands of residents were rendered homeless by the fire.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the fire started around 2pm after a resident tried to refuel a working generator.
It was said to have quickly spread round the makeshift structures, covering about three acres of land.
Our correspondent gathered that the fire also consumed goods in the market, as the structures were used for residential and commercial purposes.
Firefighters from the Lagos State Fire Service and the National Emergency Management Agency were said to have responded to the situation.
The Director of the Lagos State Fire Service, Fadipe, said active firefighting operation was still ongoing as of 6pm.
He said, “The fire started around 2pm and covered three acres of land. Preliminary investigations show that someone in the area decided to refuel his generator while it was still working and that was what caused the fire.
“We discovered that more than 300 structures were destroyed. And most of them served commercial and residential purposes. There was no casualty in the incident, except loss of property.”