The day Lagos Nigeria saw ‘Thunder Fire’

Jankara Market as it burns

Nigeria’s government agencies have begun to piece together what could have precipitated the big fire in the commercial capital of Lagos today.

One person died, while ten buildings and ten vehicles were gutted by the fire in Jankara Market, Idumota, Lagos on Wednesday, a fire one government official likened to ‘thunder ‘.

Mr. Sadiq Isa, who described himself as a coordinator at the state governor’s office, said that the explosion, which started the fire, was “like thunder.”

jankara: firefighters trying to douse the fire
“We have not seen these kinds of firecrackers before. They are more of explosives and the government should embark on a mission to rid the society of such.

“Any building found containing these fire crackers will be sealed immediately and anyone found with them will be prosecuted,” he said.

The police bomb squad has taken samples of the explosives and for further examination, it was learnt.

A witness said the fire started at about 9 a.m and came from exploding fire crackers, popularly called “knockouts” or “bangers”, which were packed in a shop in Folawiyo House, located at 45, Ojo Giwa Street, Idumota.

LASEMA and Red Cross officials examining a relic of the fire

The Leader of the community, Alhaji Olumegbon Isiaka, said that one of the sellers lit a firecracker, which accidentally flew into a shop and detonated the packs inside, leading to domino explosions. The fire quickly spread to other buildings in the area.

Isiaka confirmed the death of a 15-year-old boy in the fire, adding that as many as 40 people, who were injured, had been taken to the hospital.

Jankara: cars burnt in the inferno
Among the buildings affected were Martins House, Folami House, Akib House, Gunsemade Plaza, Fashola House, Modupe House and Okoya House.

Various government agencies and emergency outfits were on ground trying to contain the inferno which raged uncontrollably from one building to the other, while the firecrackers continued to explode.

The Federal Fire Service, the Police, the National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Red Cross and the Lagos State Transport Management Agency (LASTMA), were all at the scene of the fire.

Most of the shops in the area were securely locked, while some shop owners who came round, were seen trying to evacuate their wares, in spite of the restriction of movement placed on the zone by security officials.

Some of the buildings mostly affected by the fire had to be demolished, in order to stop the fire from further spreading.

Jankara: The houses burning
Folawiyo and Modupe houses had been demolished as at 4 p.m,. while some others were in the process of being pulled down as the agencies continued to try to bring the inferno under control.

With reports by NAN


4 comments

  1. j.o

    How does the firecrackers get to Nigeria it is either by air road or sea don’t we have the custom men and women in all these places except to collect bribe and gratification

  2. patmach

    Why must govt wait for a calamity of this magnitude before talking about import restriction on “Bangars”? Does it mean that all we have are leaders whose brain can only be activated by calamities?

    1. Afam

      MUST YOUR LEADER BE EVERYWHERE AT ALL TIME?,WHY CAN’T WE CITIZENS DO THE RIGHT THING?MUST WE BE CONTROLLED LIKE COWS ?WE SHOULD DO WHAT WHAT IS RIGHT….THERE ARE DIVISION OF LABOUR.

  3. ariwa

    who did it? boko boko? no.

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