The Banquet Hall of the Lagos Airport Hotel in Ikeja was yesterday gutted by fire. The cause of the fire, which started around 4:22am, is unknown. Workers tried in vain to put out the fire before the arrival of the Lagos State Fire Service men.
Furniture, curtains, carpets, air-conditioners and projector, among others, were destroyed in the inferno.
The Director, Lagos Fire Service, Mr. Rasak Fadipe, said the fire was raging when his men arrived.
He said: “The fire was oozing from the roof top when we got there. Some of their workers were trying to quench it but it got out of hand. I had to call for more fire trucks to put out the fire and contain it from spreading to other sections of the hotel. They were grateful to us for our prompt response.”
He advised people to call for aid during a fire before trying to contain it, saying a prompt call can salvage the situation and reduce wreckage.
The Nation learnt that the fire affected the hotel’s schedule as those who booked the hall before the incident had to be given another hall.
A client said: “I have been planning this programme for over a month and I’ve paid for the Banquet Hall, only to be relocated to Ekiti Hall. It’s not my fault or theirs but we have to renegotiate the bill. My programme is already affected. Now we have to put up a sign to redirect attendants and today is the climax.”
The Duty Manager who simply identified himself as Mr Wole told The Nation that the fire was “well managed and normal activities have resumed.”
He said: “We thank God it didn’t claim any life. It’s a minor thing and the debris has been cleared.”
The Nation learnt that no life was lost and nobody injured. But properties worth millions of naira were destroyed by the inferno.
Three rooms (270, 271, 272) on the second floor of Harold building were affected, the entire computers section of the (banquet hall), Osun Hall, and Harold kitchen were totally destroyed by the inferno.
Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) General Manager Mr Michael Akindele said there would be an investigation to ascertain the cause of the fire.
Akindele urged companies and property owners to put in place emergency response plan and safety precautions.