Fire razes police station, destroys Lagos

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A late evening inferno has burnt down the Division Headquarter of Badia Police Station in Lagos.

Property which include moveable and immovable items and estimated at several millions of naira were destroyed by the inferno.

Office documents, air conditioners, parked motorcycles, fans, and personal effects of the officers and men were lost to the incident.

Sources said the fire broke at about 8.00pm and it raged for over two hours Sunday.
The fire which broke out as a result of power surge was noticed by detainees in the cell, who raised the alarm that attracted the attention of the cops on duty including the DPO, CSP Ayoola Olawale.
The inferno was said to have started at the backyard of the building from the roof, making it difficult for fire fighters to immediately put it out.

Residents and passersby were said to have stormed the station to assist the officers and men in putting out the fire but they were unsuccessful.
Men of the Lagos state Fire and Safety Service were said to have arrived lately and helped to prevent the fire from spreading beyond the premises of the station.
Our correspondent reliably gathered that the building is owned by the defunct Peoples Bank and it has been taken over by the Police when its original building located few metres away sunk 10 years ago.

However, the sunk building has been reconstructed through the assistance of the Bankers Committee and it is awaiting commissioning.

Efforts to get the comment of the police public relations officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, on the incident proved above as he failed to pick his calls.

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