The Lagos state emergency management agency received a distress call at about 12.45am on 16/10 /2016 regarding a fire incident of a Story building Shopping Complex, destroying 94 out of the 201 shops with goods worth billions of naira opposite Presbyterian Church Yaba.
The fire was said to have started from one of the shop at the back side of the complex where cloths, shoes, bags were stored burnt.
It was also gathered that the fire exacerbated and spread to other shops because of some highly inflammable materials such as wears stored in the shops, as well as air conditioners and generators filled with fuel, which caused occasional explosions as the fire raged the shops.
This prompted the immediate activation of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency’s (LASEMA) Emergency Response Team (ERT), as well as the Lagos State Fire Service from Ilupeju and Alausa Fire Station.
While the emergency team were battling to contain the flames, many shop owners were alerted and they tried to salvage some of their wares.
Meanwhile, some policemen were deployed from the Sabo and Adekunle Police Stations to deter some miscreants, who were lurking around, to loot goods.
Confirming the incident, LASEMA General Manager, Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu, who said no life was lost, also said they were involved in salvaging some items.
He said shops barricaded with iron bars were cut open using concrete cutter for the fire service to gain access to the affected areas and also prevent further escalation.
Tiamiyu said a total number of 117 shops were salvaged by the emergency responders even though the emergency responders also had problems accessing some of the shops due to iron bars used as security doors.
On the other hand, he advised market owners to ensure that their members are continuously sensitized on fire prevention and safety as well as ensuring that electrical appliances are put off daily after the close of business to avoid incident such as this.
In a similar development, another fire incident, occurred at no 83 Abeokuta Street, Ebute Metta, within the same period.
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