The Federal Fire Service Controller in Lagos State, Mr Aderemi Olusola, says the service saved properties worth more than N26.4 billion from fire in the first half of this year.
Olusola also said that during the period, properties estimated at more than N10.7 billion were lost to fire incidents.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos that the estimate of saves and losses were based on information supplied by the property owners.
He said that between January and November 2015, the service responded to 247 fire incidents, adding that three lives were lost to the incidents.
The controller said that one person was rescued, while two of the fire service men sustained injuries.
Olusola said that fire incidents had been high during the “Ember’’ months due to excessive heat and harmattan.
He called on the state and federal governments to repair the partially burnt Ojuelegba overhead bridge so as to prevent more damages that might lead to its total collapse.
Olusola also urged the federal government to watch over some of its property not currently being used in Lagos, noting that many of them had been taken over by illegal occupants.
The controller said that if the properties were left without monitoring the occupants, they might be endangered as they could be burnt by unknown persons.
Olusola said the preliminary investigation by the service into the Communication Building on Lagos Island engulfed by fire last Saturday linked it to the illegal occupants using the facility. (NAN)