The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has rescued seven children from a fire incident at an orphanage/motherless babies home on Sunday in Lagos.
This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Nosa Okunbor, Head, Public Affairs Unit, LASEMA, in the early hours of Monday.
LASEMA said that the home was engulfed by a domestic fire which reportedly started from an air conditioning unit in the house due to power surge on Sunday afternoon.
It said that the seven male children were all rescued by the agency from the one-storey building housing the home which is located at No. 7 Wole Madariola St., off Enitan Kusimo Street, Aguda, Lagos.
“A one-storey building housing an orphanage/motherless babies home was engulfed by fire which reportedly started from an air conditioning unit in the house as a result of power surge which was said to have quickly spread out.
“A total of seven boys with ages ranging between one and seven years were quickly evacuated from the home and safely relocated to the compound opposite the home.
“Management team of the home informed LASEMA of plans to relocate the children to the house of the owner of the home temporarily, to ensure their welfare was sustained.
“The fire which had initially spread to the storage room of the home has been extinguished with dampening down concluded.
Also speaking on the incident, Permanent Secretary, Dr Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed there was no life loss in 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.