By Bose Adelaja
Contrary to media reports that no fewer than 150 shops were gutted by the fire that occurred yesterday at Trinity Spare Parts market at Olodi Apapa area of Lagos State, both the Federal and State Fire Services have said only fifty-five shops were affected by the inferno.
Speaking with Vanguard Monday, in Lagos, Director Lagos State Fire Services Mr. Razaq Fadipe and his federal counterpart Mr. Ganiyu Olayiwola said the fire services received a distress call as soon as the inferno was noticed and the fire was completely put off under one hour.
According to Fadipe, the distress call came around 3.24pm and fire fighters from Sari-Iganmu, Isolo and a team of Julius Berger construction company were able to put off the fire under an hour.
”There was no way 150 shops would have been affected because we tried our best to prevent the inferno from escalating. As soon as we received the distress call, our men from Sari-Iganmu arrived the scene with 10,000 litres of water before they called for a reinforcement from Isolo after which Julius Berger construction company sent some litres of water and we have surplus water to work with,”
Fadipe called on Nigerians especially traders to avoid storing flammable and inflammable materials together, ” In every market, there should be a good parking or storing system, I mean segmentation, for instance, if you want to store tyres, let it be on one side and other items on another side. If there is a fire outbreak, this makes it easy for owners of the goods to salvage non inflammable items. Also, items should not be stored close to the roof to avoid heat which can cause an outbreak. When you are living your work place, ensure all electrical appliances are disconnected from power supply.”
Corroborating Fadipe’s view, Olayiwola said the fire affected 2 sections of the plaza and about 55 shops were affected in all.