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Fire raze 10 buildings in Lagos

By Evelyn Usman

A total of ten buildings have been razed by fire in different parts of Lagos in one week rendering several families homeless and causing wanton destruction on property.

In one of the incidents which occurred at the early hours of Tuesday morning , along Isolo Egbe road,  a man and his 14-year-old son were roasted beyond recognition.

Residents of the building located on 113, Isolo Egbe road, who are still counting their losses attributed the cause of the inferno to an explosion which occurred right inside the apartment of the deceased identified as Mr Amushe Iberemen.

The late Iberemen , who was a commercial motorcyclist, as gathered, usually parked his motorcycle inside one of his rooms for fear of losing it to hoodlums.

However on that fateful day, they were said to have lit a naked lantern which was placed close to the motorcycle, unaware of imminent danger. However at about 3am, there was reportedly an explosion which sparked off fire.

Residents of the affected building said to have been jolted from sleep, ran in different directions for safety, in the process of which some of them sustained varying degrees of injuries following the thick smoke that enveloped the entire building.

Men of the Lagos State Fire service later arrived the scene and succeeded in preventing the raging fire from spreading to other buildings.

However, when they were reportedly going round to ensure the fire had been properly put out, the charred remains of one Mr Amushe Iberemen and that of his fourteen year old son, Chemen Iberemen were discovered.

Confirming the incident, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba said a team of policemen from Ikotun who were immediately drafted to the scene, condoned off the surrounding and ward off hoodlums who attempted to cart away with some of the salvaged property .

The corpses he said, had been removed and deposited at the Isolo General Hospital mortuary for autopsy.


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