February 22, 2024

Many injured as fire razes shanties in Ebute Meta, Lagos


Shanties at the Ebute Meta area of Lagos State are currently on fire, according to The Punch

It was gathered that hundreds of structures were affected.

Eyewitnesses told newsmen that the fire started Wednesday morning at Kano by Coates Street, near Okobaba sawmill.

It was also learnt that many residents were injured.

Though details of the fire outbreak are sketchy as of the time of filing this report, firefighters and emergency responders have arrived at the scene of the incident.

The Councillor representing the affected area in the Lagos Mainland Local Government legislative arm, Saka Olamilekan, estimated the number of affected shanties as 2,000.

He noted that the fire started from the room of a resident who was cooking.

Olamilekan said, “At least 2,000 plank houses will be affected. Also, three-building buikt with blocks were burnt. The fire started a few minutes past 10 am from the room of a resident who was cooking.

“The residents made attempt to put out the fire, but their efforts weren’t successful.

“I recommend that when they are rebuilding again, there should be more spaces between the buildings.”

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