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Fire destroys shops, goods worth millions of naira at Iyana-Iba market

By Eniola Daniel
11 April 2022   |   2:44 am
The Guardian learnt that many buildings were razed, while residents struggled to put out the fire before the arrival of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service

Goods worth millions of naira were, yesterday, consumed in an early morning fire at Iyana-Iba market, Lagos.

The burnt market

  
The Guardian learnt that many buildings were razed, while residents struggled to put out the fire before the arrival of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service.
  
It was also learnt that area boys wanted to take advantage of the fire to loot property. 
  
But officers from the Nigerian Military Cantonment, Ojo were on the ground to save the situation.
 
Director, Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Margaret Adeseye, said the fire was reported at about  07:00 a.m. through a run-in call by two men on motorcycles, who besieged the nearby Ojo Fire Station.
 

According to her, firefighters were immediately mobilised to the scene before the arrival of backup, which eventually complemented the effort of the team to put out the raging fire.
   
She stressed that the fire did a lot of damage before the arrival of officers, adding that it was, however, curtailed from wreaking further havoc on remaining shops and adjoining properties.
 
Adeyeye said the cause of the fire is still being investigated and would be made known once ascertained.
  
“There was neither reported case of injury nor death, but restiveness by some unscrupulous elements who wanted to take advantage of the fire to loot goods and property,” she added.