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Fire guts furniture factory in Ogun

08 July 2013, 15:02

Lagos - An early morning fire on Sunday gutted the main factory of Bedmate Furniture Company Limited in Magboro, Ogun State, and destroyed property worth millions of Naira.

The Director, Lagos State Fire Service, Mr Rasaq Fadipe, who confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Lagos, said that the fire started about midnight and raged for several hours.

According to Fadipe, the fire also damaged one of the company`s warehouses, staff quarters, machines and materials.

"We got a call about the inferno at about 12 midnight on Sunday and swiftly moved into action, even though the location was far off the territory of Lagos State.

"By the time we got to the scene, the massive fire had consumed the company`s factory and had destroyed one of the warehouses, as well as the staff quarters.

"We battled the fire and we were able to save the other warehouses from damage, through reinforcements from our main office in Alausa-Ikeja.

"It was a tough situation, especially as the inferno endured for several hours; but thankfully enough there were no human casualties and we were able to at least put the situation under control," he said.

Fadipe, who said the fire was still not fully extinguished as at Sunday evening, however, did not provide details of the cause.

The director noted that fire incidents were becoming one too many in the state, saying the fire service responded to seven emergencies on Sunday alone.

He warned residents against storing inflammable materials in homes and urged them to always fix faulty electrical installations as these accounted for most causes of the fire incidents.

Fadipe also advised organisations to always equip their offices, especially factories, with adequate fire fighting devices, saying that this would enhance swift response in emergencies.

"Residents should note that fire incidents can occur any time whether rainy or dry seasons. They should be on guard all the time and avoid things that could lead to disasters.

"Organisations should also be prepared for emergencies by regularly carrying out fire drills and simulations .This will help sharpen the response of workers and others around in the event of emergencies," he said.

 - NAN


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