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Community Cries Out As Fire Guts Houses In Lagos

Residents of Ilasamaja, a Lagos community in Oshodi/Isolo Constituency II were thrown into panic recently has called on the governor of Lagos State Akinwumi Ambode to come to their aid following untold hardship caused by the inferno.

The fire we gathered had razed down buildings at the Temitope street destroying property worth millions of Naira. Sources said that the fire occurred at about 11pm triggering panic among residents as they fled the neighborhood leaving their property, which was razed, to ashes.

It was gathered that although Firefighters from Alausa were called to help put out the fire but before they could arrive, the buildings were burnt to ashes. A resident of the area who simply identified himself as Murtala, the fire began when two Danfo buses that were carrying chemical substance tried to negotiate their way on the culvert that leads to the street.

“Around 11pm, we saw two Danfo buses carrying chemical. The first bus tried to climb the culvert and what we saw was an explosion, I ran to evacuate my family.

Some people said the vehicle was being pursued by the police but we did not see any police.” Landlady of one of the burnt building, Alhaja Ganiyat Murtala said although no life was lost, her tenants are now living like refugees. “We did not remove a pin from our rooms we lost our money, clothes everything to fire. We do not have even clothes, no food and we now beg people for livelihood.

We are begging Governor Ambode to assist us”, Speaking on the issue, while on a sympathy visit to the residents, Honourable Jude Emeka Idimogu, representing Oshodi/Isolo Constituency II, said it was unfortunate, describing it as tragic. “I have visited the affected residents to see things by myself and to sympathize with them. Aside the house that was totally burnt down, other houses were affected.

I will take the issue to the Assembly and discuss with my colleagues in the house. This is a kind of natural disaster. I will also intimate my Governor about the issue and I am very optimistic that he will come to their aid. But I have personally given the victims a token to enable them buy clothes and feed for the main time pending when Governor Ambode will intervene”, Idimogu stated.

-Peterclaver Egbochue

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