Fire Razes Ikeja Airport Hotel, Destroys Properties Worth Millions Of Naira
Fire today razed down some sections of the Lagos Airport Hotel on Awolowo Way destroying properties worth millions of naira.
A source in the hotel own by Odua Group told abelnews.com that rooms 270, 271, 273,Osun Hall, the entire computer sections of the (banquet hall) and Harold Kitchen were completely affected razed by fire.
The source added that during the inferno, which started at about 5 am in the morning, the staff of the hotel were said to have made efforts to put out the fire but it was beyond what they could address, as the smoke and the flame emanating from the fire was too much for them to handle.
The General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Mr. Michael Akindele, confirmed the incident but added that no life was lost.
He stated that the agency was alerted about the incident via the emergency number of Lagos State 767/112.
According to him, “This prompted the quick response of the Emergency Response Team (ERT) of LASEMA and other stakeholders including the Lagos State Fire Service, Lagos State Ambulance Service, and the Nigeria Police Force to the scene of the incident.”
He continued, “Investigation carried out by the ERT at the scene could not ascertain the real cause of the inferno but a source confirmed suspected power surge from one part of the banquet section of the Banquet Hall of the Hotel.”
He stated that the Lagos State Fire Service from Alausa Station and Ikeja were able to contain the fire from spreading to adjoining structures within the Hotel complex.
The LASEMA General Manager however disclosed that there was no loss of life or injury sustained by anyone but that properties worth millions of naira were destroyed by the fire.
“Properties worth millions of naira were destroyed by the inferno; three rooms (rooms 270,271,272) on the second floor of Harold building were affected, the entire computer section of the (banquet hall), Osun Hall and Harold Kitchen was totally destroyed by the inferno.” he said
Akindele said that structures very close to the hotel such as Harold Building and all other buildings in the compound were salvaged, adding that the appropriate agencies would conduct proper investigation to ascertain the cause of the fire.
He charged companies and property owners to ensure they put in place Emergency Response Plan (ERP) and safety precautions to avert fire incidents.