One truck, 10 cars burnt as fire razes LASTMA’s yard
At least one trailer and 10 cars have burnt in a fire incident at the Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA) yard Oshodi.
According to a statement by the spokesperson, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Nosa Okunbor, a preliminary Report on the fire incident at the LASTMA Yard, Oshodi said:
“Information gathered by LRT on arrival at the scene, revealed that the fire started from the compound where impounded vehicles was kept.The course of the fire was unknown as at the time of filling in this report.
“A total number of ten cars and one trailer were razed by the inferno. No casualties was recorded at the scene as the LRT, LRU Fire and LASG Fire were all responders.
“The fire has been successfully put out by joint responders, dampening down is presently ongoing”.
Reacting to the incident on Saturday, the General Manager Lagos State Traffic Management Authourity (LASTMA), Olajide Oduyoye, in a statement said the fire started at the abandoned Vehicle Yard and not on LASTMA property.
Contrary to the figure released by LASEMA, the LASTMA GM said “seven dead beat vehicles that had been abandoned and already in preparedness for disposal for years by crushing or other means got burnt.”
He said the cause of the fire is still unknown but that the Lagos Fire Service responded promptly, put out the fire and mitigated further spread or damage to property.
Oduyoye said as confirmed by the Lagos State Emergency Agency (LASEMA), no injury or damage to any LASTMA property was recorded.
The LASTMA boss assured the public, especially those whose vehicles were apprehended for traffic offences in the Oshodi yard, not to entertain any fear.