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Fire guts Katangowa, Lagos second-hand cloth market

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An early morning fire yesterday engulfed popular second-hand cloth market, Katangowa, by Super bus stop in Agbado-Okeodo Local Council Development Area (LCDA), located along the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.

Many second-hand clothes and shops were affected by the inferno, which residents said started at about 3:00a.m. The traders were seen trooping to the scene at dawn to salvage the remains of their burnt materials.

Men of the state fire service, located just a stone-throw from the market, and officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) immediately mobilised to the scene to quench the fire, while policemen from the Oke-Odo Divisional Headquarters were also drafted to the market to prevent the looting of unaffected shops.

The fire destroyed the entire stretch of fairly used clothes’ shops opposite the Central Mosque in the market. Properties worth millions of naira were estimated to have gone up in flames.

Though no life was lost, the immediate cause of the outbreak is yet to be ascertained as at press time. This came barely 24 hours after a free-for-all broke out between some Hausa and Yoruba traders over a minor misunderstanding in the same area. Fortunately too, nobody died during the incident.

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