Igbo dominated Balogun Market on Fire, Millions of goods destroyed,

Goods worth million of naira have been destroyed as fire razed the popular Balogun Market on Lagos Island, Southwest Nigeria.

There was weeping and wailing as the fire rose in the sky with thick smokes bellowing the atmosphere, as officials of the Lagos State Fire Service, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, battled to prevail on the raging inferno.

Huge crowd thronged the arena, preventing fire service officials and others from carrying out their duties effectively.

Crowd watch as fire razes Balogun Market. Photo: Efunla Ayodele

Helpless traders watch in awe as their investments go up in flame. It was like a movie scene, but it is real.

A 3-storey commercial building of lock-up shops in the market is where the inferno chose to begin.

The LASEMA team and other responders despite all difficulties, are battling the fire, which has not abated as at 3:51pm.

A LASEMA’s spokesman, Nosa Okunbor said emergency responders were on top of the situation as the fire which has affected almost every section of both buildings is at risk of spreading to other buildings next to them due to proximity and closeness to each other.

Wares consumed in the inferno. Photo: Efunla Ayodele

“It is a situation which presented peculiar difficulties to responders to access the source of the fire in order to effectively put it out on time. Despite obstacles of inaccessibility via roads and set backs, as all the affected buildings are continuously built together in a conjoined manner, the combined efforts of LASEMA Response Team, Lagos State Fire Service, UBA Fire Service and Federal Fire Service are on ground with the DG/CEO LASEMA, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, mustering and marshalling all necessary equipment and manpower in battling the raging fire,” he says.
Fire Service officials battling the fire

“So far there are no casualties, no fatalities and no injuries. Also, there’s been nobody trapped in any of the commercial buildings. Recovery operations still ongoing with the Skylight Fighter Truck fully activated and deployed to aid swift recovery, as dampening commences,” he adds.

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