Ebute Meta Fire Displaces 3,000 People
A string of fire incidents from the palace of the Oyo Monarch, the Alaafin of Oyo to the plank village in Ebute Meta and then the explosion at the Tincan Island Ports have highlighted the scourge of inferno during this dry season.
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About 3,000 people are reported to have lost their homes in the inferno at Ebute Metta, while the Alaafin’s palace lost 21 rooms to another inferno in Oyo town.
There was nothing left at the plank village in Ebute-Meta as fire raged through the night leaving thousands of people homeless.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) claimed it will commence immediate resettlement to give succor to those displaced and provide needed relief materials.
The plank market is made of sawmills that process lumber.
Meanwhile in Apapa, an oil barge located on Tin-Can Island exploded in the early hours of Wednesday, leaving four people injured.
A twin explosion from a vessel also rocked the premises of MRS Petroleum in the port, as authorities say they are carrying out investigation into the cause of the incident.
Although the company said the vessel was empty but it is unclear what could have caused the huge explosion that shook buildings and shattered glasses.
The explosion was reportedly caused by a vessel carrying petroleum product which went up in flames while dispatching its content.
The explosion and fire affected commercial activities in the port city as businesses in the area, particularly affected buildings closed shops to avoid causalities as fire fighters put out the fire.
Below is a special report which gives vivid assessment of the two fire incidents in Lagos.