Lagos market fire destroys 62 shops, residential buildings~NEMA
A fire incident that gutted Ijesha market in Oshodi area of Lagos State on Saturday destroyed about 62 shops, and some residential buildings, according to the spokesman of the National emergency agency.
The Southwest Zonal Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye said the fire incident, which was said to have started at about 5 pm and put out at 8.50 pm, affected 62 traders and about 28 households.
“The fire was suspected to have started from a room, converted to shop while cooking and gas cylinder gutted fire,” Farinloye said.
He said though no life was lost or any causality recorded, many properties were lost to the inferno.
“The challenges faced by responders were lack of water supply nearby, five fire tankers from Federal, State and LRU had to go some Kilometres away from the scene to source water,” the NEMA spokesman said.
Farinloye also said that activities of hoodlums temporarily disrupted response and efforts at preventing vandalisation of the salvaged areas.
The timely involvement of the NEMA Grassroots Volunteers from Mushin helped to calm down the hoodlums and to curb the spread of the fire.
Agencies present during the emergency phase and post emergency damage impact assessment include Federal, State, LRU fire Services, Police Disaster Management Unit (DMU), NEMA Grassroots Emergency Volunteers Corps (NEMA GEVC), Police, and NEMA
Following this unfortunate incident, NEMA has enjoined Nigerians to be safety conscious in handling fire in this season of the year.
“Fire has been known to be a good messenger when handled with utmost care but a worst enemy when there is slack in mismanaging it,” he said.