Fire has reportedly razed several buildings and shops in Owode Onirin, along the Ikorodu Road area of Lagos State.
Irate residents and hoodlums have repelled efforts by men of the Lagos State Fire Service and Rescue Team, dispatched in the scene as they were attacked.
It was learnt that the attackers were protesting the late arrival of firemen who were accused of lackadaisical response to the distress call.
The development has led to the spread of the raging fire to adjoining structures.
The Public Relations Officer of the state Fire Service, Mr Sakiru Amodu, who confirmed the development said all efforts are on to keep the fire under control.
Amodu promised to give situation reports, regarding the attack on the state firemen.
The cause of the fire outbreak could not be ascertained as of the time of this report.
However, at the scene, “some frantic residents tried to pour water on the fire,” an eyewitness, Hakeem Adu, told our correspondents.
It was gathered that the fire started at about 9 am from a building before it spread to other structures, including an unspecified number of shops.