A 30-year-old welder, identified as Alabi Quadri, has lost his life, in a fire incident that occurred in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Saturday.
According to The PUNCH, Quadri passed away in the early hours of Sunday at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, where he was rushed for medical attention.
Four others suffered varying degrees of injuries due to a fire outbreak on Saturday.
Further investigation revealed that the four individuals who sustained serious injuries were currently receiving treatment at various hospitals, including UCH, Oyo Mesi Specialist Hospital in Orogun, and Hamdalat Hospital in Ojoo, all situated within the Ibadan metropolis.
One of the affected mechanics, Segun Ajiboye said, “Two people, Quadri and Joshua Kayode were rushed to the UCH while Ibrahim Rasheed and Saheed Rasheed (brothers) were rushed to the Oyo Mesi Specialist Hospital at Orogun, during the fire incident. Another person, Owoseni Ajala was rushed to Hamdalat Hospital, Ojoo. All of them are responding to the treatment except Quadri who gave up the ghost this morning (Sunday).
He further confirmed that about six trailers were affected, out of which three belong to his customers.
“I am a trailer mechanic. I do convert trailers’ steering from right to left. We called it ‘righty.’ The fire occurred at our workshop in the Badmus area. No shop was burnt down. It affected six trailers (DAF). There was one trailer we had already finished, and the owner promised to come around today (Sunday) to pick it up, it was also affected.
In a related development, goods worth millions of naira were lost to an overnight fire incident that occurred at Sango market in the Ibadan North Local Government Area of the state.
The General Manager of the state Fire Service, Yemi Akinyinka, confirmed the two fire outbreaks. He, however, added that he did not have much information on the Badmus inferno until he got back to the office on Monday.
“I did not have much information on that Badmus incident until tomorrow (Monday) when I get back to the office.”
On Sango market, he said about 24 shops were affected.
“Yes, about 24 shops were affected, according to our officers who went for a rescue operation.” He stated.