For the second time in three months, traders in Balogun Market again had their shops razed in an early fire outbreak on Wednesday in Lagos.
Newsmen report that the inferno destroyed goods valued at several millions of naira.
It was reported that a fire truck and a tanker were on ground at the time of the visit. Goods destroyed in the fire include lace materials, cosmetics, ladies wears, body cream, hair attachments, underwear, accessories and refrigerators. Some of the traders, who spoke to newsmen, commended the firemen for their timely response, which prevented the fire from spreading.
Confirming the incident, the Director of Lagos State Fire Service, Fadipe Rasaq, said firemen from Onikan Fire Station responded to the fire call within four minutes. Rasaq said the fire razed a storey building, which caused the top floor to collapse, while eight lock up shops were also destroyed. He said the cause of the fire was still being investigated.
Fadipe advised traders to organise themselves to buy centralised generators that would be stationed outside the shops instead of using many small generators.