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One Burnt To Death, Seven Injured, as Fire Guts Lagos Bank


One Burnt To Death, Seven Injured, as Fire Guts Lagos Bank

A yet-to-be-identified person was reportedly burnt to death while seven others sustained varying degrees of injury, on Tuesday, in Lagos State, as fire gutted a commercial bank at Adeola Odeku in Victoria Island.

Some personnel of Rapid Response Squad, RRS, attached to the area were said to have escaped being burnt while their operational vehicle was razed.

The personnel were said to have sustained minor injuries from the broken glasses of their vehicle.

It was learnt that the fire erupted from the repair work on the industrial generating set within the bank premises.

This caused panic in the area as many ran for their dear lives. However, normalcy was later returned to the area as the fire was successfully put out.

According to Adeseye Margaret, the Director, Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, a make body was recovered from the scene.

The bank is a four- storey building located at Plot 1114, Adeola Odeku Street, by Eletu Ogabi Close, Victoria Island.

Adeseye confirmed this in her updates on the fire incident on Tuesday afternoon.

According to her, the incident was reported at about 10:03am through distress calls and this was responded to by the Oba Oniru Fire Station.

On the cause of the fire outbreak, she said, it occurred from an industrial generating set which was being fixed before it reportedly exploded and ravaged the building.

“The generator which was housed within the premises of a commercial bank, also affected an adjoining Toyota Saloon Car belonging to the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos Command of the Nigerian Police stationed outside the premises.

“Unfortunately, a male adult was recovered severely burnt beyond recognition and handed over to the Police from Bar-Beach Division while the four storey commercial building was saved and the RRS Policemen escaped unhurt.

“Further report will be given as the investigation into the cause of incident is completed.”

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