Fire

More than 34 shops containing household goods worth millions of Naira were destroyed this evening when fire gutted the popular Iponri Market in Lagos Mainland, Lagos State.

Firemen were still battling the fire as at the time of filing this report.

Nobody knows the cause of the fire but some people blamed it on a power surge.

An eyewitness said no fewer than 34 shops were razed.

Many traders, who were about closing for the day, were surprised by the fire.

Those who were on their way home were called back.

Shop owners and buyers left trading and scampered for safety.

Fire fighters from Sari Iganmu stormed the place to put out the fire.

They were joined by men from Ilupeju Fire Station.

Traders were reported looking for remnants of their burnt items after the fire was put out around 10 pm.

Acting Director of Lagos State Fire Service, Mr Rasaki Musibau, advised all electrical appliances should be put off at the close of work.

This, he said, would prevent electrical surge which could lead to a fire.

Musibau added that cautions should be taken in handling or exposure to naked fire especially during “this heat season.”

He warned Lagosians to avoid panic buying of fuel and desist from storing same at home.