The residents of No. 66, Shosanya Street, Ikotun-Ijegin road in Lagos were shattered in tears as they watch an early morning inferno gut down the bungalow they lived in.
At the scene, occupants of the building were trying to rescue their properties that had been burnt by the fire.
Although the cause of the fire outbreak was unknown, however, the smoke was said to have started from one of the rooms in the bungalow.
Speaking with the son of the owner of the building, ,Mr Mufutao Usman, said his wife who woke him up at about 2.a.m, noticed the smoke from one of the rooms.
“Immediately I woke up to rescue my family first and other residents in the building to control the fire.
“We tried our best to put off the fire but we couldn’t because the occupant room where the fire was coming from was not around.
“We have lost properties worth millions of naira to the fire. We don’t know where to go from here.
“No hope for us but we thank God for our lives and families and I am using this medium to appeal to the State Government to come to our aid,” he said.
Another occupant in the building, Mr Ademola Adekoya said that he had lost every of his property to the fire incident.
“All my vital credentials, home appliances and my children’s wears are all gone. I am left with just my short knicker,” he said.
He also appealed to the government for financial assistance, as it would go a long way for him and his household.
The Assistant Chief Fire Superintendent of the Lagos State Fire Service, Abesan Fire Station, Mr Sikiru Adeyemi, told newsmen that they swung into action immediately they received the distress call from the area.
“We received a distress call on our toll free line at about 2:30 a.m, saying that there was a fire outbreak at a building in Ikotun-Ijegun road.
“Immediately, we swung into action and our operational men arrived at the scene of the fire incident.
“It took us 10 minutes to get to the scene because there was no traffic because it was in the midnight.
“On getting to the scene, we noticed the efforts of the residents within the environs to put off the fire but was futile,” he said.
He said his team men immediately took charge of the fire, so it won’t spread more than where it first started.
“From the information we gathered from the occupants of the building, there was nobody cooking at that.
“We also gathered that the occupant living in the room where the fire started from was not around,” he said.
Adeyemi who confirmed that there were no casualties, added that property worth millions of naira were destroyed.
He urged residents to always ensure they promptly call the toll free lines anytime such emergencies like this occur.
The Chairman Irepoodun Community Development Association of the area, Mr Olaniyi Bamgboye while sympathizing with those that lost their properties to the fire, enjoined everyone to be vigilant at all times.
“I live beside the affected building and I also noticed the smoke coming from the house.
“I quickly alerted my family and came out to see what was happening,” he said.