Teenager Dies in Lagos Shanties Fire



Lagos – A teenager was on Sunday confirmed dead in
an early morning fire, which razed some shanties in
the Oworonshoki neighbourhood of Lagos State.
Mr Rasaq Fadipe, the Director of Lagos State Fire and
Safety Service, confirmed the incident in an interview
with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
He said that his men were mobilised to No. 35 Oke-
Orin St, Oworonshoki, the scene of the incident,

adding that when the firefighters arrived there, the
teenager had already been burnt to death.
“It was so unfortunate that that we got a late call and
by the time we got to the scene, the buildings in the
compound, mainly wooden shanties, had been razed.
“A teenager was burnt to death in one of the razed
buildings. We gathered that he was the only one at
home as at the time of the incident, as his parents were
away.

“We are yet to know why he was trapped and killed
in the fire, while the occupants of other shanties
within the same compound escaped unhurt,’’ he said.
Fadipe, who said the cause of the fire had yet to be
ascertained, said that the victim’s corpse had been
deposited at a hospital’s morgue.
He, nonetheless, advised residents to immediately
notify emergency agencies as soon as fire broke out.
He warned the people against self-help efforts in such
emergencies; saying that they should rather notify
appropriate authorities so as to avoid preventable
losses.
Besides, Fadipe warned the residents that fire spread
faster during the Harmattan season, urging them to
take precautions against fire outbreaks, particularly
during the dry season.
He said that his men had responded to five different
fire outbreaks within the last 24 hours, which
included the one at a male hostel at Oriwu College,
Ikorodu, on Saturday. (NAN)
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