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Controversy as fire guts Balogun market, traders fume

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Inferno, on Sunday morning, burnt down goods worth several millions of Naiara at the Balogun Market on Lagos Island.

The fire, report claims started around 11am, shortly after a church service which held on the last floor of the structure.

The inferno, it was gathered, started from the plaza on 43, Martins Street, the same plaza that was gutted by fire in 2020.

The plaza was recently reconstructed following the last inferno.

But the affected and angry traders have accused the owner of the plaza of being responsible for incessant fire outbreaks, alleging that Sunday’s incident was the fifth incident. They equally threatened to launch an attack on the owner.

The Lagos State Fire Service said the inferno was reported at 11:12pm, adding that the crew met the fire well alive at the fourth floor where it started from while already spreading to the fifth and sixth floors of the six-storey building.

“The intensity of the fire requires the deployment of the Aerial Ladder Platform Fire Apparatus to extend the firefighting prowess to capture the highrise spread and curtail it from adjoining buildings, which aim was achieved as it was confined to house 43.

“The free burning textile materials content stored in defiant to Fire Safety Regulations is responsible to fuelling the intensity which has been curtailed. The preliminary cause of the fire is as a result of electrical upsurge.

“There was no injury nor casualty recorded as damping down of echelon of fire is ongoing and subsequent updates will be made available as situation demands,” said Director, Margaret Adeseye.

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