Fire guts section of building at Balogun market, Lagos

Fire has gutted a section of a five storey building at the Balogun Market in Lagos Island.

Footages of the incident which had gone viral on social media showed smoke billowing from the structure.

According to the State Fire and Rescue Service, the fire, which broke out on Tuesday morning, affected the “topmost floor” of the building.

The fire service said mitigation efforts are underway to limit the spread. But the incident has been put under control by emergency responders.

According to an eyewitness, the inferno started from 32 Balogun plaza at about 8am, where ladies shoes dealers are occupying.

“The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service is currently attending to a Fire outbreak at the famous Balogun Market which involved the topmost floor of a five-storey building,” the Director of the agency Adeseye Margaret said in a statement.

“The Fire is however under control as mitigation is on to limit its spread. Update to follow as the situation unfolds.”

The incident is the latest in a series of fire outbreaks in markets in Lagos. About two weeks ago, an inferno gutted the Akere Motor Spare Parts Market in the Apapa Ajegunle area of the state. Goods worth millions of naira were destroyed in the incident.

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