Sunday 31 May 2020

Lagos Traders Weep Bitterly As Fire Destroys 227 Shops

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The fire which started around 2am reportedly raged for hours, destroying goods and other items estimated at millions of naira.

Lagos traders
Photo credit: The PUNCH
It was an awful Saturday for many traders at Olaleye Market, Shomolu, Lagos State, as a night fire razed 227 shops in the marketplace, Sunday PUNCH reports.

The fire which started around 2am reportedly raged for hours, destroying goods and other items estimated at millions of naira.

Sunday PUNCH learnt that the inferno was put out after a combined effort of firefighters from the Lagos State Fire Service and locals around the market.

The fire reportedly sparked off as a result of an electrical fault in one of the shops and spread to the adjoining stores housing foodstuffs, clothing and irons.

A meat seller, who passed the night around the market, Azeez Hassan, told our correspondent that he was awakened by the blaze.
While trying to quench the fire, he was trapped in a fence, sustaining injuries on his right hand and head.

He explained, “I live in Ibafo (Ogun State) but I usually pass the night around the market. The fire started around 1.30am. I woke up and raised an alarm. People joined me and we started struggling to put it out. While we were trying to prevent it from spreading to another block, a fence collapsed on me.

“We were on it when firefighters arrived. Two of them also sustained injuries. We were taken to the health centre in Akoka on the orders of the local government chairman. But when we got there, the health workers said they didn’t have drugs. They prescribed drugs for us and asked us to go and buy them.”

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