The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has confirmed that no life was lost at the inferno which razed down many shops and goods at the Oke-Afa Planks and Building Materials Market in the Ejigbo area of Lagos State on Friday night.
LatestNGnews.com reported that a huge fire outbreak engulfed the plank market on Friday night, and according to residents, the source of the fire which lasted for several hours, is yet to be ascertained.
However, LASEMA in a statement released on Saturday, was titled, ‘LASEMA battles Fire Outbreak at Jakande Plank Market’, has confirmed that there was no casualties in the fire, but several businesses and good were lost in the inferno.
LASEMA confirmed that at least 294 shops and two bungalows were completely razed, a market mosque, three storage tanks, amongst others were completely destroyed. The statement reads;
“Consequent upon the arrival of the Agency’s Responders at the scene of the incident, it was discovered that a plank market which consists of 378 shops at the above location was engulfed in a wild inferno on Friday night and continued raging till this morning, Saturday 18th, December 2021.
“All efforts by the Agency’s Response Team, its Fire Men in collaboration with Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service to put out the fire and prevent it from spreading to adjoining buildings proved successful as the fire was curtailed from spreading further and put out completely.”