A fire outbreak in an orphanage home located on Wole Madariola Street in the Aguda area of Lagos State has resulted in the successful rescue of seven children.
According to a statement from the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) on Monday, the fire was caused by a power surge originating from an air conditioning unit within the building.
The distress call regarding the fire incident was received by LASEMA at approximately 2:43 pm on Sunday, as confirmed by Permanent Secretary Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu.
The statement explained that the fire started in the one-story building, which housed an orphanage and motherless babies home. It quickly spread from the air conditioning unit to other areas.
Fortunately, all seven boys, aged between one and seven years, were promptly evacuated from the home and safely relocated to a neighboring compound.
The management of the orphanage informed the LASEMA Response Team (LRT) that the children would be temporarily relocated to the owner’s residence to ensure their continued well-being.
Efforts to combat the fire were successful, with the fire being extinguished and dampening down operations carried out. The post-disaster assessment revealed that the first floor of the building was salvaged, while the fire was contained within the storage room. The remaining portion of the ground floor was also saved.
The LASEMA boss further disclosed that the children were officially handed over to Mr. Balogun and Mrs. Rasheedat Sadik, both from the Child Protection Unit of the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development. Subsequently, the seven children were formally handed over to the Red Cross.
Fortunately, there were no injuries or casualties resulting from the incident. The operation was successfully concluded within a commendable timeframe.
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