Fire Kills Three, Destroys N10.7b Goods In Lagos In Six Months | Independent Newspapers Limited
Newsletter subscribe

Lagos, Metro

Fire Kills Three, Destroys N10.7b Goods In Lagos In Six Months

Posted: Jul 23, 2015 at 7:23 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emmanuel Udom  – Lagos


The Federal Fire Service in Lagos saved properties estimated at about N26.4 billion in the first half of 2015.

Commanding Officer (CO) of the Service in Lagos, Theophilus Aderemi, who made the disclosure on Wednesday, said that about N10.7 billion were lost within same period.

Aderemi, who briefed newsmen at the headquarters of the service on the Lagos Island, said its estimates were based on information supplied by property owners, whose belongings were either saved or lost to fire incidents in different parts of the state.

He said the service responded to 106 fire incidents, while three lives were lost during the period.

The commander, who expressed sadness over the state of the organisation’s facilities, said that the service only maintained one fire truck out of 15 fire stations it operated in Lagos State.

Aderemi said that the lack of equipment had hampered their operations and appealed to the federal and state governments and corporate organisations for urgent assistant.

“I have personally attended some fire incidents at Naval Base, Kotangora House, Festac Town, among others and discovered that we have to declare a state of emergency in Federal Fire Service due to challenges in the service which are enormous.

“We are as handicapped as virtually all of the equipment, including fire trucks, salvage tenders, ambulances and communication gadgets are over 30 years old in use without replacement.

“They are all obsolete. The lack of equipment has equally exposed my men to frequent attacks by the public during emergencies. Hoodlums had many times vandalised our rickety trucks due to slow responds.

“I, therefore, appeal to Mr President and Commander-in-Chief, Vice President, the Controller General of Federal Fire Service, corporate organisations and well meaning Nigerians to save the service from going moribund,” Aderemi said.

He said that there was an urgent need to have fire station in each of the council areas as it would save more live and properties in the event of a fire outbreak.