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Thursday, 15 March 2018

Red Buses Burnt as Olusosun Dumpsite Catches Fire

Lagos most famous dumpsite at Olusosun, Ojota has been gutted by fire, leaving residents, motorists and commuters panicky.

Thick black smoke could be seen far from the site, located near the old Lagos Toll Gate.

The unusual fire triggered a heavy traffic jam in the area, according to witnesses.

Mr Adesina Tiamiyu, the General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, that the cause of the fire outbreak was yet to be ascertained.

Tiamiyu said that what was of utmost importance was to stop the fire, so that it does not extend to the LAGBUS Terminus.

He said that the fire started around 4pm and there was no casualty.

According to him, the emergency response team, the Lagos Fire Service, the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) were at the site to curtail the fire.

NAN reports that the Lagos State Government has said that the Olusosun and other dumpsites will be closed down, as part of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI).

Director, Lagos State Fire Service, Mr Rasak Fadipe, said the velocity of the outbreak was much.
He said the fire was burning towards the direction of the Lagos red bus yard.

Fadipe said:

“I asked them to drive out all the busses, but they said some of them were faulty. They cannot be moved and we are still battling with it. We are trying to ensure the fire does not get to the nearby filling station.

“The fire is heavy; we have used about five trucks of water and we are still here. We got the information around 4pm LASEMA and LASTMA trucks are also here with us. I cannot say how many buses are burnt, but some of them are already burning.”

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