The Lagos State government today said ,fire burnt to death 89 persons and destroyed properties estimated at N17.72 billion in Lagos State in the last one year.Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Seye Oladejo disclosed this on Tuesday at a ministerial press conference in Lagos at the Baguda Kaltho press center.
According to him, properties estimated at N17.72 billion were destroyed by fire while properties estimated at N106.32 billion were saved from being burnt by fire by the state fire servicemen.
Oladejo also disclosed that 89 people were burnt to death in several fire disasters in Lagos while 118 people were rescued alive during fire operation across the state.
The commissioner noted that in the last one year, 1,772 calls were received by the fire agency, out of which 1,476 were calls made to alert the fire service of outbreak of fire in different parts of Lagos State.
According to him, 11 cases of collapsed buildings were witnessed in Lagos in the last one year, while 136 rescue calls were made to the agency as well as 149 false calls.
He said the achievement recorded by the fire service was as a result of the tremendous support and encouragement received from the current administration.
Oladejo also said that the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, disbursement N14 million as financial assistance to 76 victims of fire disaster at Iyana-Ipaja on last year after four weeks of rehabilitation at the LASEMA Relief Camp, Igando.
“The agency also disbursed financial assistance of the sum of N5 million to the family that lost four children to a mudslide incident at Isheri Magodo, to relocate and rehabilitate the family. It also disbursed the sum of N2.5 million as financial assistance to the family of victims of a fire disaster from petrol tanker accident at Western Avenue Surulere,” he said.
He added that the agency also disbursed N18.2 million to 167 victims of Idimu fire disaster last year.
The commissioner added that the Lagos State Safty Commission carried out safety assessment of residential buildings and industrial area of the State to avert building collapse and also intervened and investigated various looming dangers, incidents/accidents and emergencies bothering on safety of lives and properties.
He said 64 abatement notices and prohibition ,Stop work,notice to companies were issued, due to non-compliance to safety standards and recommendations, saying that 27 enforcement operations were carried out at different manufacturing and construction companies in the State, oil and gas sector, construction and steel industry, food industry, among others.