Tragedy struck in two separate incidents
in Lagos, yesterday, when a three-month-
old infant, Abiodun Alabi was roasted to
death while 57-year-old Mr. Edwin Nwosu
also suffered burnt.
Both incidents occured overnight in Badagry and LASU-Ojo area of Lagos during two separate fire outbreaks.
The Badagry incident occurred at Wazobia
Junction, Tako 11, when a nursing mother,
who is an occupant of a self contained
apartment, went for a vigil, leaving the
infant, a female, in custody of her 10-
year-old son. She was alleged to have carelessly lit a candle in the apartment.
It was learnt that her husband rarely
comes home partly being a transporter.
Unfortunately, the boy left both his younger one and the candle at home and headed for a neighbour's apartment to watch television and eventually passed the night with them.
Saturday Vanguard gathered that the candle however burnt out completely and
escalated, which led to the outbreak that
consumed the entire apartment and
roasted the infant to death before help
The LASU-Ojo incident where the 57-
years-old suffered burns occurred in a
storey building at No. 10 Mayegun Street,
Franklas Bus stop, LASU-Ojo Road when
the victim was fuelling a generating set
which suddenly went up in flames.
The inferno affected his thighs and limbs
but response promptly came from the
Lagos State Fire Services.
Confirming both incidents, Director of the
state fire services, Razaq Fadipe condemned the use of candles for domestic use.
He advised people to go for rechargeable
lamps in place of candles: "There are
rechargeable lamps which are bright and
affordable. We should go for these instead of endangering our lives by burning candles."