A huge inferno razed through Oke-Afa Planks and Building Materials Market in Ejigbo area of Lagos, destroying 294 shops and a mosque in the process.
The fire, which started on Friday night, continued ravaging several shops till the early hours of Saturday morning.
Report said that fire fighters, police operatives, officials Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps and the state Emergency Management team were subsequently mobilised to the scene.
When the fire subsided, eyewitnesses said that 294 shops, market mosque, two residential bungalows and three overhead storage tanks were lost to the fire.
According to LASEMA Director-General, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, no life was lost.
The agency, he said, received a distress call on Friday night at 9:30pm regarding a fire outbreak and deployed its resources immediately.
“Consequent upon the arrival of the agency’s responders at the scene of the incident, it was discovered that a plank market which consists of 378 shops at the above location was engulfed in a wild inferno on Friday night and continued raging till Saturday morning,” he said.
Oke-Osayintolu said the immediate cause of the inferno could not be ascertained but efforts were on to find out.
“All efforts by the Agency’s Response Team, its Fire Men in collaboration with Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service to put out the fire and prevent it from spreading to adjoining buildings proved successful as the fire was curtailed from spreading further and put out completely,” he said.