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Fire guts building, kills one

By Ifeanyi Okoli
One person simply identified as Papa Oyekachi, was Sunday burnt to death and property which  monetary value could not be immediately ascertained destroyed when an afternoon inferno gutted a  storey building situated at No 1, Cardoso street, Kirikiri town, Lagos State.

Vanguard gathered that the fire which completely razed the building  before it was  curtailed from spreading to other houses by officials and men of the Nigerian Navy and fire service, was caused by cooking gas explosion ,

An eyewitness said, the fire started at about 3  pm and lasted for an hour before the arrival of fire service men to put it out.

According to the eyewitness, the victim was sleeping  when the fire started

“I was working along the street when I saw the fire and I saw some of the tenants throwing their property out of the house. But the fire was spreading so fast and I heard the children of the deceased crying that their father was sleeping. We tried going in but we could not because the smoke was much and prevented us from seeing.

When vanguard arrived the  scene at about 4pm, lot of sympathizers were seen trying put off the fire

A fire service man who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed that a man whose aged and real names could not be ascertained was found burnt in one of the apartment.

“yes we saw one man dead but we can’t get him out now. we want the crowd to leave and also we are trying to locate his family. as for the cause of the fire I cant tell you because wen are still sweeping the entire area “.


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