UAC building, two others in flames

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There were fire incidents on Thursday at UAC building on CMS, Lagos Island, Sun Flag Textile opposite First Bank, Iganmu and a residential building at 23, Alhaji Ashafa Street, Magodo.

A car was also on fire at Ikeja opposite Ikeja Shopping Mall.

The Lagos State Fire Service however, lamented the incessant fire outbreaks in the state.

It attributed them to high level of unconsciousness in the handling of fires and other flammable materials as major causes.

The Nation learnt that The United African Company (UAC) fire started at around 12:55pm.

According to the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA), emergency responders were on the scene of the fire.

A woman, with twitter handle name, Pamilerin, was giving minute-by-minute report of what’s going on.

Glasses, she said, have been shattered in the fire and properties destroyed.

The staffs were hurriedly evacuated from top floors.

They were seen standing downstairs watching the building burn.

Fire service promptly mobilized their men to the scene.

Lagos State Fire Service Assistant Chief Public Affair Officer Bola Ajao in a statement on Thursday said firefighters from Sari Iganmu Fire Station with the support of Ilupeju Fire Station arrived at the Sun Flag Textile fire incident around 9:12am and was able to quell the Fire in due time.

She said the Ilupeju Fire Station responded to the UAC building incident.

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The safety exercise, she said, was complemented by other emergency responders.

The UAC fire, she added, was said to have started from the Air conditioned Unit in one of the offices in the tenth floor of the twelve story building.

“The officers were able to confine the raging inferno to the office and thus prevented it from spreading to other offices and floors.  Sanity was later restored to the applause of onlookers,” she said.

The Nation learnt the Alausa Fire Station received an alert around 11.12am to a residential building at 23, Alhaji Ashafa Street, Magodo and was able to effectively curtail the fire from other buildings.

The Acting Director Lagos State Fire Service, Rasaki Musibau said if not for the act of professionalism and tactics employed by the Firefighters at scenes of incident across the State, the so- called small fires would have escalated and become a disaster.

According to him, the service has recorded over 119 Fire incidents across the state in January alone.

Musibau lamented that valuables worth millions and preventable lives are been lost daily to avoidable fire outbreaks.

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