Another fire incidence occurred in the early hours of the morning, 2.10am at 7th Avenue, in-front of J close, opposite the police post, Festac Town, Lagos State.
It happened in a 1000Sqm plus empty land occupied by different squatters from various nationalities in Nigeria mostly northerners.
Comrade Ayodele Adewale, the Immediate past Executive Chairman of Amuwo Odofin Local Government, who was called by one of the residents, Mr. Sylvester Ojegba, called the Lagos State emergency number 767 to report the incident. He also called Mr. Osanyintolu – Head of Lagos State Emergency Management Authority (LASEMA), the Divisional Police Officer, Festac Police Station and other disaster management agencies for support.
The men of the Federal Fire Service, Festac Town came on time with one truck with registration number FFS-54 led by DSF Owana. They were later joined by another fire truck with registration number LA 150 A40 led by Akoteyon Sunday from Lagos State Fire Service, Ojo LGA.
The fire was put out at 3.25am, unfortunately the materials which the shanties were made off were highly inflammable and frantic efforts to save properties proved abortive.
The cause of fire was traced to a generating set.
Comrade Adewale along with Hon. Adewumi Ogunshina and Mr. Tony Babaniyi visited the area again at 7:20am to get an assessment of the disaster scene and speak and empathize with residents who had lost properties.
We thank God that NO life was lost.
We also give thanks to the Federal Fire Service, Mr. Sylvester Ojegba and the Police for their speedy intervention in containing and putting out the fire.