By Uju Mbanusi
Fire razed over twenty shanty buildings at Isakaba community, Ikota- Lekki, Lagos.
According to eye witness the fire broke out around 8pm on Thursday, 19th of September, 2013; when an unidentified woman who locked her children inside her house with a candle on for them to see, reportedly went out.
One of the victims identified as Emmanuel Igaba a truck assistance from Obodo in Cross River State, who spoke with Vanguard reporter said he was confronted with the out break on arrival from a business trip to the Northern part of the Country. “I returned from a trip to Kano, when I saw the whole area on fire, my house inclusive. As you see me here, it is only the clothes I had on me, that is all I can account for now”. He said.
Another eye witness who preferred not to mention her name, stated that it took the gallant efforts of some men, women and even children in the neighbourhood to put out the fire since there was no presence of fire fighters any where near the scene.
“We had to go all the way to the bore-hole to fetch water to quench the fire, I was particularly moved to tears when I saw children fetching water all the way from the bore hole, the whole Isakaba Community was filled with people, some kids who were affected roamed around as there was no where for them to stay, and their parents were busy trying to put out the fire.
A lot of people lost everything they had except the clothes they wore. The unfortunate thing was that some young men, instead of helping out, were busy taking pictures and videos of the calamity, some of them also engaged in looting the little properties that the victims tried to salvage.
“In all, we thank God no life was lost, a little child was saved from being consumed by the inferno, but we didn’t record any casualties”. She stated.