The incident took place at the Tower of Refuge Motherless/Orphanage Babies Home, situated
By Blessing Ayomide
On Sunday, a group of seven boys, including a boy who was at least one year old, miraculously escaped unharmed from a dangerous situation when a one-story building, which housed an orphanage and motherless babies’ home in Lagos, caught fire.
The incident took place at the Tower of Refuge Motherless/Orphanage Babies Home, situated on Number 7, Wole Madariola Street, off Enitan Kusimo Street, Aguda, Surulere. The fire broke out around 3 pm, as stated by an eyewitness, but all the occupants were successfully evacuated to a safe location. Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, the Permanent Secretary, confirmed that there were no casualties resulting from the incident.
Oke-Osanyintolu stated, “Upon arrival at the aforementioned address, one-storey building housing an orphanage/motherless babies home was found to have caught fire.
“Further investigation revealed that the fire started from an air conditioning unit in the house as a result of power surge and quickly spread out.
“No life was lost and no injuries sustained to anyone. A total of seven boys, with the eldest being seven years old and the smallest being one year old, were quickly evacuated from the home and are safely seated in the compound of the house opposite the home.
“The management of the home has informed us of plans to move them to the house of the owner to ensure their welfare is sustained.
The Lagos Fire and Rescue Service swiftly responded to the scene and efficiently extinguished the fire, preventing any additional harm or destruction. Additionally, LASEMA (Lagos State Emergency Management Agency) and the Nigeria Police collaborated to offer their assistance in suppressing the fire.