Fire broke out on Wednesday at the Olusosun dumpsite, in the Ojota area of Lagos state, destroying LAGBUS vehicles and warehouses in the immediate vicinity.
The cause of the fire is still unknown but men of the Lagos State Fire Service responded quickly to the emergency and battled the fire.
The incident led to a gridlock that lasted hours as the fire raged and billowing smoke could be seen kilometres away.
The director of the state fire service, Rasak Fadipe, said the agency immediately responded to the fire after it was alerted to it.
He said, “We have LASEMA and Parks and Gardens’ officials complementing our effort. We also asked Julius Berger to bring in their water trucks because we needed constant supply of water.
“The affected place is the Olusosun dump. The fire covered the entire area and it was threatening the LAGBUS compound, where a lot of vehicles were parked. The LAGBUS yard shares a fence with the dump. Some of the buses lined up around the fence have already been affected. But we have also tried to curtail the fire from getting to the petrol dispensing pump.
“The fire is still raging and there is a high wind velocity which is aiding the spread. The fire erupted from the back of the fence, which is not yet accessible.
“We don’t know the cause of the fire, but sometimes there can be chemical reactions from the dump which may have caused it,” he told Punch.