3 March 2013

Nigeria: Fire Razes Supersports Lagos Studio, Petrol Tanker

Lagos — A mid-afternoon fire on Saturday razed the multi million naira Lagos studios of Supersports, a sports channel on satellite pay per view television, DSTV.

The fire before it was put out by men of Lagos State Fire Service destroyed major equipment at the main studio situated at the old Philips building at Ojota, Lagos.

Findings about the cause of the fire which started at about 3:45pm could not be ascertained as at the time of filling this report.

However, quick intervention by the fire fighters stopped the fire that was fast spreading to adjoining buildings within the area, where the headquarters of UAC Foods is also located.

Director of Lagos State Fire Service, Mr. Rasak Fadipe told our reporter that the fire was aided by the padded materials used in soundproofing the studios, stressing that the roof of the building had already caved in when the fire fighters arrived the scene.

His words: "We got a call at anout 4.00pm at the Fire Service Headquarters. I was in the office when the call came in. I quickly dispatched two fire vehicles from Alausa and Ikeja stations.

" On arrival at the scene we discovered that it was a very serious fire as it was raging. I had to deploy two other fire vehicles from Ilupeju and Isolo to complement the efforts of the vehicles that got there first. So in all we had five fire fighting vehicles to contend the fire with.

"There is no need hiding the fact that the fire was very serious, on our arrival we discovered that the roof had already caved in. the building houses several studios and it is padded with foam and saw-dust, this enabled the fire spread very fast before our arrival. But when we got there, we contained it to prevent it from spreading to other buildings within the premises".

Men of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) were on ground to dispel onlookers who trooped to the scene to catch a glimpse of the fire. One of the RRS officers fired twice into the air, leaving onlookers scampering for safety.

Men of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) were also on ground to control traffic that gradually built up within the area.

Fadipe urged residents to take advantage of the 767 and 112 emergency toll free lines to reach the fire service and other emergency agencies whenever such disasters break out.

He noted that if workers at Supersports had called on time, the extent of damage might have been minimal, as at the time the Fire Service headquarters received the call and arrived there.

Our reporter observed that the extent of damage shows that the fire might have been on for a while before fire fighters were contacted.

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