- Ketu plank market in Lagos was on Sunday, December 27, raszed
- Nothing official has been said about what caused the massive inferno
- However, the management of LASEMA revealed that the fire has been put out by personnel of the agency
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Many parts of the popular Ketu plank market in Lagos were burnt down on Sunday, December 27, which led to the damage of shops that contained goods worth millions of naira.
The tragedy was confirmed by the director-general of the Lagos State Emergency Management Authority (LASEMA), Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, Punch reports.
Oke-Osanyintolu informed journalists that although the cause of the fire is yet unknown, officers of the agency and those of the state's fire service have succeeded in quenching the inferno.
The LASEMA boss reported:
“The cause of the fire incident which reportedly started from one part of the market is yet to be ascertained, however, it is evident that there is extensive damage with valuable goods having been destroyed by the fire.
“Fortunately, no lives were lost in the inferno which has been brought under control and dampened down.”
Meanwhile, a tragedy struck in Lagos state in the early hours of Thursday, October 8, as a gas station exploded in Baruwa, Ipaja area of the state.
Legit.ng covered the fire outbreak which started around 6am while emergency responders stormed the explosion site around 7am, making efforts to put out the fire.
An elderly man was burnt in one of the houses close to the gas plant while two people who sustained injuries from the fire have been taken to the hospital for treatment.
Several houses close to the gas plant were destroyed by the raging fire. The Lagos state police command has also deployed some of its operatives to the explosion site.
Eyewitnesses who spoke to Legit.ng named the gas station as Best Roof Gas Station, located on Cardoso Road, Baruwa Ipaja, Lagos.
In a related development, a lot of houses, shops and cars in Niger state went into flames in the night of Sunday, September 6, following a fire explosion from a tanker loaded with petrol. A collision of the petrol-laden tanker and a trailer caused the inferno that led to the disaster.
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