Some say it was spiritual…
The Lagos State Government has reported that an Iroko Tree located at Topo Garage in Badagry area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria has burst into flame itself and raged on for almost a day(8 hours).
Director, Lagos State Fire Service, Rasak Fadipe told PM News that the Iroko Tree burst into flame on its own without anybody setting it ablaze around 7.00pm on Sunday.
“An Iroko tree on its own burst into flame for about six hours ago in Badagry. Firemen are on ground to prevent the fire from spreading to buildings,” he said in a text message around 1.00am on Monday.
Spokesperson, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye also confirmed the incident.
He said firemen had been on ground to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby buildings, but said strangely that despite all efforts, the fire could not be put out on time as two trucks were used to exhaustation in the process of trying to put out the fire.
“Firemen are on ground to prevent it’s spread to the nearby buildings, Surprisingly when water with chemical was applied, the fire increase rapidly,” he said.
Around 5:30pm, Farinloye said the fire on the Iroko tree had been put out.
“Two branches of the tree burnt down but the leaves are as fresh as if nothing has happened. The tree was located on Topo garage, Badagry,” he said.
He disclosed that a branch of the tree later collapsed after burning for almost eight hours, adding however that there was no casualty recorded.
“Initially when it started, we tried to evacuate people in that surrounding. We got them evacuated because we were envisaging that by the time it burns out, it would collapse on the building”, he said.
Further findings by our correspondents revealed that the tree also got burnt in the 70s and 80s which raised fears that there might be a spiritual angle to the inferno which residents and eyewitnesses described as strange.
It was learnt that there are some traditional rites which are usually carried out in the compound where the tree is located.