13th August, 2013
Fire has razed three buildings at Oworonsoki area of Lagos, southwest Nigeria. Valuables worth millions of naira were also destroyed.
The three buildings are located at Babasola Anwoju Street, Oworonsoki. Occupants of the buildings were unable to salvage any of their belongings.
One of the buildings affected belongs to Mr. Kolawole Orofin at 23, Babasola Anwoju Street.
Mr. Kabiawu Babajide, the General Secretary of Council of Oworonsoki Youth Forum, COYF, who witnessed the incident, said an explosion was heard around 8:20 pm, which he said was caused by a compressor of an air conditioning system and that the fire spread and devastated two other buildings beside it.
He said officials of the Lagos State Fire Service came late to the scene without enough water, saying that by the time the fire was put out, it had completely burnt the three buildings.
Babajide said there had been agitation for the past four years for the construction of Oworonsoki Fire Service Station along 3rd Mainland Bridge, saying if that had been done, the fire incident could have been tackled easily.
“Residents of Oworonsoki Community, Gbagada, Ifako community, Medina Estate, Sholuyi Estate, Atunrase Estate under Kosofe Local Government and other communities under Bariga Local Council Development Area have suffered several devastating fire disasters which have claimed many lives and properties. We want Oworonsoki Fire Service station to come into existence,” he stated.
He added that COYF had written letters to stakeholders such as Zenon Petroleum company, Chevron Oil and Gas company, GT Bank, Fidelity Bank, Stanbic IBTC, Diamond Bank, First Bank of Nigeria, United Bank for Africa and other banks within Gbagada/Ifako communities to assist in building a fire station for the area but “we are still expecting their response.”
A student of Kwara State Polytechnic, Mrs Temitope Orofin lamented that all her credentials had been razed by the fire and that she was not sure how to get a replacement of her certificates.