Fire outbreak claims life in Lagos

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

At least one life was lost in a fire disaster at Ikotun area of Lagos State.
The fire outbreak which occurred at 4, Ben Okonkwo Street off Governor’s road ikotun also left many casualties with various degrees of injuries.
According to the Lagos State Emergency Management agency LASEMA, the incident reportedly occurred as a result of power surge
in one of the mini flats on the top floor of the storey building which housed eight mini flats.
Investigation showed that the fire broke out from the said apartment when a woman, a mother of three children, in an act of carelessness, reportedly lit a candle after the power outage, left the naked light on and went out leaving her three children inside the apartment alone to their antics. 
Despite spirited efforts of the LASEMA Response Team, the conflagration which followed the woman’s said carelessness that burnt their apartment to the rafters, the last of her three children, a boy of about 2 years of age, was burnt to death.
Meanwhile, eye witness accounts has it that in spite of the early arrival of the LASEMA Response Team and their concerted efforts, elder brother of the dead victim still sustained minor burns while their pregnant mother slumped in and fainted.
In that development, the pregnant mother who reportedly slumped as a result of psychological trauma of the loss of her two-year old child and possible inhalation of smoke fumes from the fire, was reported to have been taken to the hospital for treatment.
The LASEMA Response Team has however handed over the rest of the investigation over to the Police Officers from Ikotun Police Station on their arrival.
Lateefah Ibrahim