Panic as Fire Guts Popular Balogun Market in Lagos Again
- In what has now become a regular incident, some parts of the Balogun market went up in flames on Sunday, October 9
- The Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Emergency Agency, Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed the incident
- Although no life was lost in the inferno, authorities in the state say clothing materials stored in the shop were destroyed
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Lagos - Fire gutted a section of the popular Balogun market in Lagos state on Sunday, October 9.
A passer-by who wants to be anonymous, recorded a video of a building in Balogun Market that housed different businesses on fire.
In the video, he said:
“Today is October 9, 2022. This is 11:54 am. Happening right now at Balogun Market. Let the necessary authorities be aware. This is serious.”
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PM News reports that as of the time this report was filed, no personnel from Lagos Fire Service or rescue team was seen on ground.
Eyewitnesses told Vanguard newspaper that the fire started from the building from one of the market buildings, on Martins Street, Lagos.
The cause of the inferno which could not be ascertained as of press time, have started spreading to other apartments.
Operatives of the Lagos State Emergency Agency (LASEMA), Lagos State Fire and Rescue Services, as well as other responders, have swung into operation to put out the fire.
Fire outbreak in Balogun in January 2015
In January 2015, property worth millions of naira in the early hours of Monday, January 12 were destroyed as fire razed some shops at the popular Balogun Market, Lagos Island.
At the time, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said the fire started at about 4.36am from an unknown source.
Fire outbreak in Balogun market in September 2015
In September of the same year, another fire outbreak was reported at the market.
The incident which occurred at 32, Gbajumo street exactly 9:45am caused panic in the market.
An eye witness had told a Legit.ng correspondent that the fire came up as the manager was trying to operate the power switch.
Fire outbreak in Balogun market in January 2020
Again, some parts of the market caught fire in January 2020.
At the time, three buildings were on fire at the same time according to the authorities.
However, after so much battle, emergency agencies were mobilized to the scene and they put off the fire.