A mysterious fire broke out from an Iroko tree in Badagry (Lagos State) on Monday, defying all efforts by the fire service to put it out.

Our correspondent  reports that the Iroko tree is located around a traditional worship place in Awhanjigo Quarters, Badagry.

Lagos State Fire Service, Director, Mr Rasaq Fadipe, told our reporter that the fire had been burning for several hours.

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“We got information on the fire at about 7.07 am and we go to the scene at about 7.11 am

“The fire started at the middle of the tree.

“We observed that the leaves around the stem were not burnt. After observing for some time, we decided to fight the fire; to our surprise, the fire spread to the top.

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“A chief priest in the area, Chief Gengen, asked the firemen to stop fighting the fire. We were told that this is the third fire incident on the Iroko tree,’’ he said.

“The first fire incident happened in the 70s, the second in 80s, before the latest one,’’ Fadipe quoted the chief priest as saying said.

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Based on report, He said that the fire service had evacuated people in the area for their safety.

“There is a church, a post office and other buildings.

Fadipe said they are still watching, while many people are coming to watch the mystery fire on the Iroko tree.