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The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) swooped on the Lagos Owode-Onirin market on Sunday morning, following inferno which destroyed 15 shops and damaged other property at millions of Naira.
The LASEMA Director-General, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu highlighted that his team rushed to the scene, after being notified at about 10:27a.m; noting that the fire did not emanate from power surge.
“The cause of the fire is still unknown as there is no power supply within the market.
“No life was lost but valuable items were destroyed, though the spread of fire was immediately curtailed.
“We have counted the shops, about 15 of them were gutted by fire,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.
Oke-Osanyintolu said that the fire started from the metal segment of the market, making traders to call 767/112 channel of the agency.
He said that LASEMA coordinated the response to the fire, adding that it got support from the Lagos State Fire Service and market union officials.
In another development, the LASEMA also confirmed that a detached Power Holding Company of Nigeria electrical cable was responsible for Sunday’s fire outbreak under the Odo-Iya Alaro Bridge, inward Ojota.
The LASEMA Director-General, Dr Oke-Osanyintolu who also made the confirmation, on Sunday, said investigation revealed that a 32KVA electrical cable detached from the pole, and resulted into a fire, after it fell on combustible items which included plastics and papers.
“The fire was immediately put off by the LASEMA Response Team, Federal Fire Service and Lagos State Fire Service,” he said, adding that no injury was recorded, let alone a loss of life.