A massive fire swept through the popular Apongbon Market on Lagos Island, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria on Sunday, leaving tales of tears as goods worth several millions of naira were destroyed.
The inferno began around 10:45 am, as thick smokes and balls of fire ascended the heavens, with traders watching helplessly as the fire engulfed their wares.
Emergency responders battled the fire for hours before it could be contained, but much damage had already been done.
Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, spokesman, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, said upon arrival of the LASEMA Response Team, it was revealed that the fire emanated from one of the containerized stores at the market.
“The cause of the flames couldn’t be ascertained before it escalated towards other shops,” he said.
He added that “Efforts have been concluded to combat the inferno. The fire has been contained and Lagosians are urged to remain calm.
”Fire fighting operations concluded. Recovery and post-fire assessment ongoing.”