INSIDEMAINLAND – Grief befell the residents of Ebute Metta after the loss of a toddler and property in the Oko Baba fire incident that ravaged the area on Wednesday, January 5, 2022.
Guardian news reports the residents lamented that they are starting the new year in sorrow.
Some women were trying to salvage the ruins by making tents with wrappers for their children, while some young men were trying to construct makeshift shelters out of the wreckage.
A resident, Mohammed Rasaq claimed a toddler was lost to the incident, saying: “The fire began around 10 a.m. on Wednesday while I and other residents who are commercial tricycle riders were away.
“I was with the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) to bail out my tricycle after I was arrested. I got a call there and I had to pay the men of LASTMA N7,000 to retrieve my Keke and I rushed home to see if I could retrieve anything.
“My small shelter had already been consumed by the inferno, I am grateful that the fire did not consume my wife and the children, but I am in debt of N1.5 million, and now I am without a place to live.”
However, the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service has claimed no life was lost in the fire incident.