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LASEMA provides updates on Balogun market fire incident

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has given updates on the fire incident at Balogun market on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

Okay.ng reports that fire gutted a section of the popular market also known as Mandilas sited at Lagos Island in Lagos State.

LASEMA’s Public Relations Officer, Nosa Okunbor, disclosed in a statement to Okay.ng that no lives were lost in the incidences and no injuries recorded.

However, properties worth hundreds of millions of naira were destroyed.

Okunbor said in quotes:

“LASEMA in response to the dual fire incidents on Oluwole, Martins Street, and the Jewelry market on Dosumu Street, fully activated all first responders to the affected multi-storey commercial building of lock-up shops that were engulfed in fire.

“The LASEMA team and other responders despite all difficulties, are on top of the situation as the fire which had affected almost every section of both buildings were at risk of spreading to other buildings next to them due to the proximity and closeness to each other. It was a situation which presented peculiar difficulties to the responders to access the source of the fire in order to effectively put it out on time.”

But “despite the obstacles of inaccessibility via roads and the setbacks – as all the affected buildings are continuously built together in a conjoined manner – the combined efforts of LASEMA Response Team, LASG Fire, UBA Fire and FED FIRE are on ground with the DG/CEO LASEMA, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, mustering and marshalling all necessary equipment and manpower in battling the raging fire assiduously ensuring swift recovery, an action which is enabling a lot of traders to salvage a huge portion of their goods as the fire is being curtailed.

“There are no casualties, no fatalities, and no injuries. Also, there’s been nobody trapped in any of the commercial buildings.

“Recovery operations are still ongoing with the Skylight Fighter Truck fully activated and deployed to aid swift recovery, as dampening commences.”

Balogun market is recognized as the best place to buy fabrics, shoes and all sorts of wears.

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