A plank market located in the Awori bus stop in the Abule Egba area of Lagos State caught fire on Sunday destroying goods and properties worth millions of naira.
According to the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service five mini buses, two pickup vans, and two cars were lost to the fire.
The incident occurred at about 3:00 pm on Sunday.
In a video on social media, a significant portion of the sawmill was reduced to ashes, while a small portion of the sawmill remained unaffected by the fire.
The shopkeepers attempted to save their unaffected items from the fire, while the fire departments were working to douse the flames.
The Director Public Affairs, Ahmodu Shakiri Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service disclosed that the cause of the fire was due to the breaking of a high-tension power cable on a row of market stalls, which resulted in a bang and an explosion of fire.
He added, “The cause is attributed to the snapping of a high-tension power cable on a row of market stalls which subsequently erupted in Fire accompanied by a bang. The resultant Fire is aided by the dry nature of the combustible wooden materials involved leading to the sporadic spread. Five rows of various sizes stalls Nine Vehicles consisting of 5 mini buses, 2 pickup vans, and 2 cars were destroyed in the fire.
“They called by 15:47hrs and the fire rescue service got there by 15:56hrs. The accident occurred at Awori bus stop, Abule Egba, Lagos Abeokuta Expressway. It is a sawmill Fire on a vast land. The Fire has been curtailed from spreading beyond the sawmill and put under control.
“The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service in Agege, Abesan, and Alausa Fire Station were present on the scene to put off the fire immediately. There was no Casualty recorded.”
Earlier, Newsclick Nigeria reported that the Household of David church in Surulere Street, Adeniyi Jones in the Ikeja Local Government Area of Lagos State has lost its multi-million naira church auditorium to a fire incident that gutted the church building. The church’s auditorium ceiling was overheating, which caused it to collapse and ignite a fire.
Scene of Incident
Lagos Abeokuta Expressway, Awori bus stop, Abule Egba, Lagos
It is a sawmill Fire on an vast land.
The Fire has been curtain from spreading beyond the sawmill and put under control pic.twitter.com/6EJIS3rhlc
— Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service (@LagosRescue) February 4, 2024