The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service has put out the inferno that razed Oko Baba Sawmill in Ebute Metta yesterday.
The effort by the firefighters prevented the fire from extending to the adjoining shanties and residential areas.
Acting Controller of Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Mrs. Margaret Adeseye, stated this yesterday.
According to a statement, “Adeseye disclosed that the Agency received an alert at about 0239 hours indicating that Oko Baba Saw-Mill was on fire and action was immediately taken with the deployment of three Fire Engines and crew members to combat the situation.
“She further explained that on arrival at the scene, it was discovered that the fire which erupted in the market spanning over hectares of Land was raging and had consumed various equipment used for cutting, filling & finishing woods & planks, as well as stock such as wood polish.
“The Fire Agency boss further explained that the cause of the incident is yet unknown as speculations are rife of possible carelessness, while an investigation into the remote cause had begun in earnest.
“The fire which was combatted all through the night was finally put out at 0758hrs.”