Agony was clearly written on the faces of people on Saturday when more than 20 vehicles worth millions of naira were lost to fire outbreak at a mechanic workshop at Motorways, Oregun area of Lagos State in the early hours of the day. It was however gathered that the incident claimed no lives.
An eyewitness at the scene, Sola Fagba, said he could not deduce the cause of the inferno but lamented that most of the burnt vehicles at the mechanic village are owned by those who want to dispose them for various economic reasons.
Another eyewitness, Tunde Bamisayo, said that the fire outbreak might have come from an electrical fault in one of the cars, adding that this must have spread to other vehicles parked at the mechanic village.
He, however, advised other mechanic villages to be proactive by always making sure that all the cars in the village were put in order before closing for the day.
All efforts to get in touch with the chairman of the mechanic village as of the time of filing this report proved abortive as Sunday Tribune’s correspondent was prevented from gaining entry.
Although the Lagos State Emergency responders came to the scene after passers-by put a call through to them, but little could be done to remedy the destruction.
Most of the mechanics at the village, who met the situation when they arrived at their workshops for the day’s job were seen lamenting over the incident.