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Fire Destroys N3.5 Equipment At Afprint, As Man Drowns In Canal

Afpfrint Conglomerate, Isolo, Lagos, was on Friday engulfed in fire, which destroyed equipment estimated at N3.5b. No human casualty was reported as at press time.

Independent gathered that the fire started at Ranona Limited, the fruit juice producing company in the conglomerate at about 2pm and raged ferociously.

The inferno completely overwhelmed the men and officers of the Lagos state Fire Service who deployed no fewer than ten trucks to subdue the fire to no avail.

Sympathizers watched helplessly as the fire spread from one section to other, destroying equipment and property, while policemen were on ground to prevent looting.

Comrade Tunde Ajayi, the company’s unit chairman of the National Union of Food, Beverage, Tobacco Employees (NUFBTE), , disclosed that the fire began from the processing unit, which he described as the life-wire of the company.

He said: “When the fire started, we promptly ordered every worker to vacate the premises and thereafter, conducted a staff audit. I can tell you for sure that no life was lost.

“But in terms loss of property, no fewer than seven processing machines were destroyed by the fire which also razed three other sections at press time. These machines are very sensitive and each of them costs at least N500m.”

Meanwhile, there was confusion on that same Friday, April 1, as an unidentified man jumped into a canal at Cele-busstop, located along Oshiodi-Apapa expressway in Lagos.

Our correspondent gathered that passersby, who were attracted to the scene of the incident, quickly contacted the police and the emergency response agencies that arrived brought out the corpse of the man.

Ibrahim Farinloye, spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA for south-west, who confirmed both incidents told Independent that the inferno at Afprint was successfully brought under control, even as the canal incident occurred at about 2.00p.m.

His words: “It is not yet clear why the man decided to jump into the canal, but his corpse was recovered even as the cause of the Afprint inferno is yet to be ascertained.”