February 9, 2023

By Evelyn Usman

The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service announced yesterday that this year’s Christmas witnessed the highest ever recorded fire emergency, with 24 fire outbreaks.

This is just as it was revealed that 10 fire incidents occurred on Boxing Day, including a residential building at 54 Aledelola Street, Ikosi Ketu.

The bureau’s director, Adeseye Margaret, described the increase in fire incidents as a concern and said: “24 fire emergencies were received on Christmas Day. This is the highest ever recorded in a given 24 hours. This leaves much to be desired.”

According to her, the Ikosi fire incident affected the top floor of a multi-storey building with an extended storey boys’ quarter.

She said: “The fire alarm reported at around 6.18pm on Boxing Day was the 9th of 10 emergencies recorded that day.

“Upon arrival at the scene at 6:30 p.m. by the Alausa Fire squad accompanied by its Ilupeju counterparts, the fire was prevented from spreading to the ground floor and surrounding buildings.

“The non-casualty incident is being investigated to unravel the cause, while efforts will be redoubled since last November to prevent continued fires and related emergencies.”

She therefore advised Lagos residents not to store fuel and other flammable substances in their homes.

She said: ‘the public is further reminded that fuel scarcity is not a measure of unlawful and inappropriate storage of fuel at the cost of our lives.

Members of the public should refrain from using barrels to store gasoline and other flammable liquids. Motorists are also advised not to store these in their boots.

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