The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) said 30 shops and six bungalows destroyed by fire on Saturday afternoon in the Mushin area of the state had been pulled down.
The Director-General of LASEMA, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, disclosed this after the LASEMA Response Team, Lagos State Fire Service and other agencies put out the fire which started at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.
He said the buildings, some shops, and other property were destroyed in the fire incident which occurred at No 16, Ladipo Street, Mushin, Lagos.
Oke-Osanyintolu said the agency received distress calls to the 767/112 at about 2:00 p.m., adding that when the team got to the scene of the incident, they discovered that a mattress shop was the initial source of the fire.
The LASEMA boss said: “A joint team of responders led by myself, Nigeria police, Lagos State Government Fire Service, LASEMA Response Unit (LRU) fire and Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Agency worked together to curtail the inferno from escalating.
“The enumeration of the affected buildings shows the following: A single storey building with six rooms and four shops, five bungalows with 26 shops and a bungalow with a three-bedroom flat.”
He added that the affected buildings had been completely levelled to the ground under his supervision.
Oke-Osanyintolu said the operation had been concluded and the response team heading back to base.
According to him, members of the public are warned to take reasonable safety precautions to reduce the risk of fire outbreak in their places of business and homes.
He, however, said an investigation was ongoing to determine the cause of the fire.