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113 Feared Dead As Fire Destroys Properties Worth N24.69bn In Lagos

The Lagos State Government announced on Wednesday that fires in the state have damaged structures worth N24.69 billion in the last two years.

Tayo Bamgbose-Martins, Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, said this at a cabinet briefing to commemorate Governor Babajide Sanwo-second Olu’s year in office in Alausa.

He claimed that while fire damaged properties worth N24.69 billion in the last two years, the Lagos State Fire Services were able to save assets worth N138.54 billion.

According to the commissioner, 312 individuals were saved alive from fires, while 113 individuals were killed.

According to Bamgbose-Martins, the fire department responded to 1,899 fire calls in the last two years, reducing the number of fire outbreaks by 10%.

“The Service also responded to 312 rescue calls within the period under review. In its rescue operations, 203 victims have been rescued alive while 113 other victims were recovered, suspected dead.

“The Service attended to 98 False Calls, bringing the total number of fire and other related emergencies that were attended in the last two years to 2,309.

“In the cause of operation, Property estimated at N138.54 billion was saved from Fire and related emergencies during the period under review,” he added.

Answering questions during the briefing, the Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Lanre Mojola disclosed that the commission registered over 6,000 facilities before they commenced operations amid the COVID-19 Pandemic.

He added that the agency issued 4,250 events safety clearances and shot 450 clubs, bars, restaurants, event centres that violated COVID-19 protocols.

Mojola further disclosed that the commission prosecuted 720 people for COVID-19 violations in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice, as well deployed 1,200 safety marshals to event Centres.

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