Fire razes scores of shanties in Ebute Meta, Lagos

Scores of shanties have been razed by fire at Okobaba, Ebute Meta area of Lagos State.

It was gathered that the fire outbreak started a few minutes past 07 pm on Sunday.

The cause of the fire outbreak could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report.

An eyewitness, Amodu Shehu, lamented that the incident recurred one year after the area was gutted by fire.

The inferno, which lasted about three hours in 2019, gutted buildings and shanties on Jebba, Okobaba, Tapa, Coates, and Kano streets around noon.

It also rendered thousands of people homeless, with some having to sleep at the burnt site, Okobaba Football Pitch, and Okobaba Sawmill for many days.

Confirming the incident, the Director-General, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said emergency responders were trying to put out the flames.

Oke-Osayintolu said, “The Agency responded to distress calls earlier this evening and upon arrival, discovered a fire outbreak affecting a number of informal settlements at the aforementioned location.

“Efforts are ongoing to put out the fire which has affected a number of households and displaced the residents of the settlements.

“A joint team of responders which includes the Agency’s LRT, LRU FIRE, LAGOS FIRE and FEDERAL FIRE are battling the flames. A further update will be communicated.”

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