By AKEEB ALARAPE
It was Armageddon yesterday night at the Hausa settlement, Iseri Olofin area of the long bridge linking Lagos and Ogun states, as a raging inferno consumed no fewer than 50 shanties, belonging to Hausa traders. The inferno, which eyewitnesses said started at about 8:00p.m, was said to have been caused by an exploded cooking stove.
In a bid to avoid an outbreak of fire, the owner of the stove was said to have flung the burning stove outside the shanty, which unfortunately fell on a generating set and caused explosion. The impact was said to be serious as the lines of shanties went up in flame simultaneously and lasted over two hours. The incident caused some traffic build-up on the six lanes expressway.
An eyewitness, Mrs. Adebusola Adekoya, who lives around the area said she saw the billowing smoke and ‘big fire’ from Berger Bus-Stop on her way from the church. “It was a serious incident. I had to call the emergency line, but I was told that they already knew about the incident and were on their way to the scene,” Adekoya said. It was not certain, as at the time of filing this report, whether any life was lost during the inferno.