Property worth millions of naira has been destroyed in an early morning fire outbreak at Mega Plastics Company located at No.4, Ilupeju Bypass beside Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Ilupeju area of Lagos.
Nigeriacrime.com learned that the intensity of the fire which raged for hours was a result of the volatility of the petrochemicals in the company.
According to an eyewitness, the Fire started from the office of the company’s Engineer.
Operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and other emergency responders early Saturday, 23rd of September, 2023 combated an industrial fire outbreak at Mega Plastics Company located at No.4, Ilupeju Bypass beside Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Ilupeju area of Lagos.
Confirming the incident, Adeseye Margaret Director Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service said: “On arrival of the first Fire crew, the fire had spread to the adjoining warehouse and containerized storage facilities.
Explaining further, she revealed that the property Involved Raw materials and finished products stored in 6 by 20ft and 2 by 40ft containers as well as a 300 by 100 ft warehouse. However, the factory containing machine tools and adjoining properties was saved.
” The cause cannot be determined prematurely until the investigation is conducted. The Fire had been out since 5:12 PM.
“Meanwhile, the dampening down leading to the mopping up exercise had commenced which would give way for Fire Cause Investigation.
“The mopping up cannot be completed until all the fire rubbles have been evacuated to allow for the rehabilitation of the damaged areas.”
Apart from the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, other emergency responders at the scene were Federal Fire Service, LASEMA, Julius Berger, the Nigerian Police Force, Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps, the Red Cross and LASTMA.
Reacting to the incident, Adebayo Taofiq, Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of Lagos State Traffic Management Agency said: “Lastma rescue team arrived at the scene of the industrial fire outbreak around 6:30 am before other emergency responders were contacted by Lastma.
According to Traffic Officer Olaosebikan “Immediately we arrived at the scene of the industrial fire, we quickly informed other emergency responders particularly the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Services and the Nigerian Police.
“While the causes of the industrial fire could not be immediately ascertained, Lastma Olaosebikan disclosed that preliminary investigation revealed that the storage and factory section of the petrochemical company were seriously affected by the fire outbreak.
“No injury or death has been recorded as of now, he added.