Christmas Day Fire Guts Nigerian Breweries Factory In Lagos

Fire gutted the Nigerian Breweries factory in Iganmu area of Lagos on Christmas Day, December 25, destroying some sections of the factory.

While the fire was described as heavy by witnesses, the company said no life was lost in the incident.

The Director, Lagos State Fire Service, Razak Fadipe, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the fire commenced at 5.30am.

The State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni said that over 100 police personnel were deployed to the scene of the incident to keep miscreants from taking advantage of the situation.

According to a statement by the Corporate Affairs Adviser of Nigerian Breweries, Mr Kufre Ekanem, the fire affected only empty bottles, plastic crates and some sections of the bottle holding bay.

The statement read, “There was a fire outbreak today at the empty bottle compound of the Lagos plant of Nigerian Breweries Plc in Iganmu, Lagos.

“The fire, which started early in the morning, has been put under control by men of the Lagos State Fire Service supported by the Brewery fire team and other nearby corporate organisations.

“There were no injuries or fatalities arising from the fire. Only empty bottles, plastic crates and some sections of the bottle holding bay were impacted by the fire.

“Brewery operations were not disrupted by the incident.

“We thank all stakeholders who have called to clarify or support the Lagos Brewery at this time.”

Confirming the incident, Owoseni told the News Agency of Nigeria that, “There is a fire incident at the Nigerian Breweries but the fire did not affect the operational areas of the company.

“It affected only the isolated areas where the company keeps empty bottles and cartons, as well as expired drinks.”

The Lagos State Emergency Management Authority (LASEMA) which responded to a distress call of fire at the factory said it could not ascertain the cause of the incident.

Fadipe said that the Lagos State Fire Service mobilised five fire engines to the company premises, with support from Julius Berger, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the United Bank for Africa and Union Bank to put out the fire.