A morning inferno has engulfed a building where Ankara clothes (traditional fabrics) are sold at the popular Balogun market in Lagos Island. Premium Times reports.
Although, the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained but witnesses said a generator explosion was heard shortly before the inferno.
No casualties have been recorded yet and firefighters are said to be currently trying to put out the fire.
This comes just a few hours after fire outbreak was reported to have destroyed some shops in the old Jimeta Market in Yola, Adamawa state.
The fire started around 8 PM on Tuesday and lasted for about three hours before it was put out by fire servicemen from the American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola.
Governor Jibrilla Muhammadu Bindow visited the market on Wednesday morning to assess the damage and sympathise with the victims.
He said that a committee would be set up to investigate the matter and the committee would be chaired by the District Head of Jimeta.
“It is a sad development, we are going to set up a committee to investigate it and to advise on how to assist the victims,” he said.
The District Head of Jimeta, Alhaji Mohammed Inuwa, who confirmed a section of the market was affected by the fire, said that the cause of the fire could not be immediately ascertained.
He also added that lack of access road hindered efforts of fire service officials to put out the fire quickly.
A similar incident happened at the Balogun market extension in Lagos Island last month when a seven-storey building known as Brazas Plaza, was gutted by fire, destroying goods, valuables and cash worth several millions of Naira.
The Director, Lagos State Fire Service, Mr Rasak Fadipe, who had confirmed the incident to newsmen said the fire started around 10.49 hours from the third floor of the building.
Fadipe, however, explained that the improper stocking and piling of textile products in bails in the shops, that probably blocked the air-conditioning vents may have triggered an electrical upsurge in the neighbourhood.
More details on the catastrophic inferno to follow soon…