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Lagos State Fire Service Did Not Use Buckets To Quench The Balogun Market Fire

Debunking fake news: Lagos State Fire Service did not use buckets to quench the Balogun Market fire.

I posted this yesterday.

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Here's a summary of the issue.

For some weird reason, some Nigerians love to post bad information about their country. What's worse is that the bad information that these people post is usually either false, or misinterpreted due to their ignorance (remember the thread about mounted police, grass and trucks?)

Most times these people do not realise that the nonsense that they post will have an effect on them.


There was a fire at Balogun Market yesterday. The Lagos State Fire Service, the Union Bank Fire Service and Julius Berger turned out to battle the blaze. They used water cannons, snorkels and chemicals to tackle the conflagration.

However, the headline news to some crazy people was that the Lagos State Fire Service was using buckets of water to fight the fire.

Is this true?

Of course not!

This nonsense began with a video of a man on a rooftop. The man was pouring buckets of water on the burning building (a very dangerous act). It looked like the man was wearing some sort of uniform, but he was not wearing the uniform of the Lagos State Fire Service or the Federal Fire Service.

The man might have been a private security guard who was trying to prevent the fire from spreading to the building that he was guarding, I don't know, but he was not wearing a uniform of any of the government services and he was certainly not wearing the uniform of either the state or federal fire service, but the news that went viral was that the Lagos State Fire Service was fighting the fire with buckets of water.


And now, a notorious British shock jock and racist has picked on that story and told people that criticise British fire services to thank God that they are not in Nigeria. This is accompanied by a video of the man throwing buckets of water at the fire.


I'll post videos and pictures tonight.


There was a fire at Balogun Market on Tuesday. It was a huge blaze.

A video of a man that was throwing buckets of water at the fire soon went viral. The people that shared and spread the video claimed that the man was a member of the Lagos State Fire Service.

Here is the video and pictures of the man.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyXX4wk6hTU





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However, the man is clearly not a member of either the Lagos State Fire Service or the Federal Fire Service. It appears that the man is wearing some kind of uniform, but that is not the uniform of either the Lagos State Fire Service or the Federal Fire Service. In fact, it does not look like the uniform of any government agency. The man might just be a private security guard who was trying to protect his building.

This is the uniform of the Lagos State Fire Service.


And this is what they wear when they are fighting a fire.


These are Lagos State Fire Service officers during the clean-up operation after the fire at Balogun Market.



This is the uniform of the Federal Fire Service.



And this is what they wear when they are fighting a fire.



These are Lagos State Fire Service fire fighters fighting the fire at Balogun Market with water cannons.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jRlJ8Y9Ihg




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nr4hK60Ek0

Snorkels

There was a massive fire at NET Building in 1983 (I was on Broad Street on that day). The building was consumed by the fire. NET Building was the tallest building in West Africa at the time. The investigative panel that was set up afterwards recommended that a snorkel should be bought for the Federal Fire Service. A snorkel was bought and it was kept at the Federal Fire Service headquarters on Campbell Street. However, that snorkel had broken down by the time of the Nepa Building fire in 1990.

Union Bank built a new headquarters building in the late 1990s and it was acclaimed as the tallest or second tallest building in Nigeria (depending on how you classify buildings). They knew that they needed to protect the building, so they bought a snorkel for the Union Bank Fire Service.

The administration of Governor Babatunde Fashola also bought several snorkels for the Lagos State Fire Service and one of the snorkels was kept at the new Onikan Fire Station.

These snorkels were used to fight the fire at Balogun Market and here are videos and pictures of the snorkels in action.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k73utR3BOsQ


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XhocNsE9TY







However, the infamous British racist and shock jock, Katie Hopkins had picked up on the viral story of a Nigerian fire service fighting a fire with buckets of water and she tweeted this.

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