By Kunle Adedoyin
The Lagos State Government is isolating the two buildings adjourning No 43 Martins Street, Lagos Island, gutted by fire on Tuesday.
Olanrewju Elegushi, Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Central Business District (CBD), said the decision was made to avoid disaster in the area.
Elegushi said the integrity of the buildings is very questionable “because one side of the buildings at 45 and 41 Martins street have cracked and falling by itself as a result of the fire outbreak.”
“Between 10: 30 a.m of Tuesday and 6:00p.m of Wednesday the fire was yet to be put out, despite all efforts made by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) led by its Director General, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu.
“I must commend the efforts of all the Lagos State Emergency agencies, Lagos State Safety Commission, Federal Fire Service and others for helping in preventing the fire from extending to other buildings in the area.
“The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), will carry out an integrity test of the two buildings preceding No 43 Martins street and if they fail the integrity test, then they will be demolished,” he said.
Elegushi said Governor Sanwo-Olu had promised to assist the affected traders, who were affected with collateral damages, adding that the damages “would be measured after putting out the fire”.
“The operation is still ongoing, all the emergency response officers have been working since Tuesday with other stakeholders, and as we speak operation is still ongoing to put out the fire completely.
“After long hour of burning, the debris fell on a police officer, Sgt. Michael Dominic, and he died after getting to the hospital,” Elegushi said.
Margret Adeseye, the Acting Director, Lagos State Fire Service, said that the service had enough chemical and fire engine to fight the fire but was hampered by the industrial generators and diesel tanks erected on top of the building.