Monday, November 4, 2013

Fire Guts Great Nigeria House In Lagos

Hundreds of tenants and traders wept on Monday as fire engulfed the
Great Nigeria House along Martins Street on Lagos Island, which served
as their offices and warehouses.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the fire brought
commercial activities in the Balogun area of Lagos Island to a
NAN reports that many of the traders were seen scrambling to salvage
few of their goods from the burning building.
The 22-storey Great Nigeria House acclaimed as the fifth tallest
building in Nigeria accommodates Mainstreet Bank and also served as
warehouses to some traders.
According to an eyewitness, the fire started at about 5.00 a.m. and
was first noticed on the first floor.
He said that as at 10:30 a.m., the fire had taken over the first four floors.
The eyewitness told NAN that the Federal Fire Service was quick to
respond to the distress call of traders and more than five fire
engines were lined up to battle the blaze.
NAN, however, observed that lack of adequate access to the building
hampered the activities of the firemen as the building was surrounded
by some other shopping plazas.
A staff of Mainstream Bank, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that there
was nobody in the building because the fire started before resumption
of work.
Efforts to get the situation report from the officials of the Fire
Service proved abortive as they were still battling to put out the
An official of the fire service, who spoke with the agency in a rush,
said the cause of the fire could not be ascertained yet, but that
traders had been told to vacate the neighbouring buildings.
NAN also reports that as at 11:00 a.m., the firemen were able to
contain the fire and also prevented it from spreading to other floors
and shopping plazas around the skyscraper. (NAN)

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