By Edwin Nwachukwu
Friday night fire engulfed and burnt three duplexes on 34 Road, B Close, Gowon Estate, Egbeda in Lagos, but no casualty was recorded.
An eyewitness, who spoke to NAN, said that the fire was first noticed at about 7.15 p.m in one of the duplexes before spreading to the others.
He said that an occupant in one of duplexes, who had just returned, opened the door and met the raging fire;
He immediately raised an alarm which attracted neighbours and sympathisers.
According to the witness, the bewildered occupant’s action quickly attracted more sympathisers’ who ran helter-skelter in assisting to put-off the fire, but their efforts were not enough.
But the arrival and efforts of a combined team of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and State Fire Service officials to the scene helped to quench the fire.
Some of the residents, who also spoke to NAN, commended the early arrival of the LASEMA personnel, saying that they got to the scene 30 minutes after they were called.
“They came with five trucks, all with sufficient water that tackled the inferno before it was finally put-off,’’ the Community Development Association (CDA) Chairman, Mr Nathanel Okoro, said.
He also praised the DPO of the Gowon Estate Police Station, Mr Adeniyi Adedeji, for personally leading his team to the scene to provide security.
The police led the LASEMA official to the locate distressed houses.
A LASEMA officer, who identified himself as Mr Olaolu Odufuwa, told NAN that the cause of the fire could not be ascertained immediately.
The estate had also recorded a late night inferno on Nov. 28, 2017, which gutted five of eight shops attached to a Union Bank building on 411 Road Junction. (NAN)