Queens College Lagos suffers fire outbreak

THE Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed a fire outbreak at Queens College, in the Onike area of the state.

The director of the service, Margaret Adeseye, said in a statement on Sunday, April, 16, that the fire started in a two-room apartment located behind the school staff quarters.

According to Adeseye, there was no casualty in the incident as men of the state fire service quickly put out the fire.

“The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

“Meanwhile, the fire has since been put out by a combined effort of the Lagos State Fire Service and Federal Fire Service, while the police, who were also alerted, prevented hoodlums from forcefully gaining access to the school premises.

“No life was lost in the incident,” she said.

Lagos, being a densely populated city, had experienced many fire outbreaks that resulted in loss of lives and property.

In 2019, a fire outbreak occurred at the popular Balogun market on Lagos Island, which is known for huge volumes of sale of textile and fashion items. The inferno destroyed many shops and goods worth millions of naira.

Similarly, in 2020, a fire outbreak was recorded at the popular Abule-Egba pipeline area of Lagos, which led to the loss of lives and property.

Last month, fire gutted a spare parts market in the Ajegunle area of Lagos state, destroying items worth millions on naira.

The cause of these fire incidents has often been attributed to factors like power surge, poor safety measures, inadequate fire-fighting equipment, and poor infrastructure.

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