A section of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) office in Oshodi, Lagos was on Saturday, March 18 gutted by fire.
According to Director, Lagos State Fire Services, Mr Razak Fadipe, the fire commenced around 3.30pm but no life was lost and no injury was recorded.
He said five fire trucks were deployed to the scene of the incident immediately the service was alerted.
“The fire occurred in a container loaded with some tyres, drugs and other items.
“I don’t know if they were seized items, but my men were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the warehouse and other buildings,” the News Agency of Nigeria quoted him as saying.
Meanwhile, the General Manager of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Adesina Tiamiyu, who said the fire began around 3.15pm, disclosed that it started from NAFDAC’s power house.
“The inferno started from the power house, escalating to the nearby warehouse where chemicals were stored,” Premium Times quoted him as saying.
He said synergy between LASEMA and the Lagos State Fire Services helped to prevent the fire from spreading to other buildings within the compound, including the administrative building housing the central laboratory complex.
He lauded NAFDAC officials for support given to the relevant emergency services to put the situation under control.
Tiamiyu said full investigation into the cause of the fire would be carried out by the appropriate authorities.