There was confusion and unrest through Salvage Lane, Orile Iganmu, Lagos State, after a fire razed a bungalow in the area on Tuesday and killed a four-year-old girl, identified only as Ola.
The building, sandwiched between several houses and makeshift shops, was engulfed in fire and all its four apartments were razed, while residents lost valuables.
Ola, whose mother reportedly resides in Ebute-Meta, lived with her grandmother, popularly called Iya Arodu.
It was learnt that the fire started at about 8.30pm from Iya Arodu’s apartment and later escalated to adjoining flats.
Overwhelmed by the raging fire, the grandmother reportedly fled the apartment, leaving Ola behind.
It was learnt that residents and officials of the Lagos State Fire Service battled the fire before it was completely put out around 9.30pm.
The girl, however, did not make it as she was burnt to death.
When our correspondent visited the community on Wednesday, most residents were unwilling to reveal the immediate cause of the fire.
A neighbour of Iya Arodu, Abiodun Jamiu, said he was relaxing with his wife and children at home when they were jolted by wails from outside.
Lamenting the consequence of the incident, he said he had no idea of where to relocate his wife and children to.
He said, “We thought some people were fighting. My wife went outside to see what was happening. She rushed back and said there was fire in Iya Arodu’s apartment.
“There was a gate between our apartment and the woman’s flat. I opened the gate and went to her apartment to put out the fire, but it was too much for us to handle. People from outside also joined me.
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