Yesterday, a fire damaged Mega Plastic’s business in Ilupeju, Lagos, damaging properties worth millions of naira and injuring several persons.
The fire, according to emergency responders, originated in the company’s Engineer’s office. The engineer was not on the ground when the fire started before it spread to the plant and its warehouse, according to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).
However, Margaret Adeseye, Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service (LSFRS), stated that the state government may fine Mega Plastic for failing to build hydrants within its facility.
“We had challenges while trying to access the scene of the incident because the gate was locked,” Adeseye stated at the scene. However, we started extinguishing fires as soon as we arrived.
“We were able to keep the fire from spreading to the adjacent buildings as well as the company’s machines and storage areas.”
“We don’t know what caused the fire, but we do know that chemicals were stored in the area where the fire started,” she continued. We are, nevertheless, continuing our investigation."
She commented on the lack of a fire hydrant near the site, saying, “We noticed that there was no hydrant and we have been telling organizations about the importance of having a hydrant within their premises.”
According to Zone 21 Traffic Officer Ayo Olaosebikan (Falcon), the LASTMA rescue crew arrived at the area about 6:30 a.m. before other emergency responders were called by LASTMA.
“As soon as we arrived on the scene, we quickly informed other emergency responders, particularly the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Services and the Nigerian Police,” Olaosebikan said.