Earlier today on November 1, 2022, a fire broke out in Victoria Island (VI), Lagos State, claiming multiple lives. Here’s what we know so far.
Where did it happen?
A video footage posted on Twitter showed the epicentre of the fire to be a building under construction close to Keystone Bank on Eletu Ogabi Street, off Adeola Odeku Street in VI. The fire destroyed many vehicles, including a police car, parked in front of the building.
When did it happen?
Residents around the area saw black smoke surrounding the high rise building around 10:05 a.m. so there’s reason to believe it must have happened just a few minutes before.
What’s the death toll?
Eyewitnesses have reported online that at least six people lost their lives in the fire. While we’re yet to confirm official figures, videos online show some bodies being pulled away from the fire. According to NewsWire, at least nine people were injured.
The Lagos State Police Command also confirmed that people died but didn’t provide a figure. No officers lost their lives despite a police car also spotted burning in front of the affected building.
Where were the firefighters?
Eyewitnesses reported that Lagos State firefighters arrived late at the scene, but they eventually showed up to combat the fire.
We’ll bring you up to speed with the latest developments as soon as we have them.