Yesterday’s public holiday was ruined for some residents of Matori as property worth millions of Naira was destroyed when fire gutted a warehouse containing petrochemicals.
The petrochemicals, stored in drums, were meant for textile productions before the warehouse located on No 8, Fatai Atere Way, was razed around midnight to early hours of the day.
The inferno which raged for about 10 hours was said to have been caused by excessive heat as a result of improper stacking of the raw materials.
A staff of the warehouse was said to have noticed the inferno and raised the alarm which attracted sympathizers who made frantic effort to combat the fire before the arrival of the state fire fighters who reinforced and eventually battled it.
No life was lost in the incident but the warehouse was seriously affected and a good quantity of the petro chemicals burnt.
According to an eyewitness account, the incident caused sleepless nights for other residents who battled to save their properties from being affected by the inferno.
Also, the prompt intervention of law enforcement agents prevented street urchins popularly called area boys from taking advantage of the situation to loot.
The Director, Lagos State Fire Service Razaq Fadipe, who confirmed the development to Vanguard said the warehouse was smoke logged when his men arrived the scene but the fire was prevented from degenerating.
Fadipe said the inferno was caused by improper stacking of the petro chemicals which resulted into excessive heat.
He said; ‘’The fire was well alight when we arrived the scene and fire fighters from Ikotun, Alausa and Isolo were deployed to the scene.
‘’However, there was no space in-between stacked products and this almost hampered fire fighting operation because we had to first of all apply preventive measures so that it did not degenerate and spread to neighbouring buildings especially a nearby warehouse.
‘’The second step was to combat the fire and finally sort the drums not affected by the inferno before the fire was eventually put off.
‘’We arrived the scene few minutes past midnight but battled the inferno till about 5pm to ensure it did not spread to neighbouring buildings.”