Six injured as Lagos market burns

Six injured as Lagos market burns

Six persons on Wednesday sustained injuries after two plazas collapsed as the popular Balogun Market; Lagos caught fire around 3:40pm.

A fire service operations commander and two others were hurt when the first plaza came down, while two Red Cross officials and a fireman were injured as the second plaza collapsed.

The officials who were among those on rescue operations in the market following the fire outbreak that affected nine plazas were hit by falling debris.

The fireman who extinguishing the fire on top of one of the buildings, sustained head injuries and was immediately rushed off the scene.

There were also fears that some of those packing goods thrown down might have been trapped in the rubble of the collapsed buildings.

Two other buildings had earlier caved in following the fire which broke out around 10am at Anambra Plaza and spread quickly to Martins and Gbajumo streets.

At 4:50pm, the fire was still raging and had partially affected adjoining buildings with visible cracks on the walls and smoke on the roofs.

Sources at the scene of the inferno said the fire was caused by a shop owner who attempted to pour petrol into his running generator and then flung the keg into an opposite plaza when it caught fire.

When our correspondent visited the scene, emergency workers were still battling the fire, while some of the traders whose shops were close to the affected areas evacuated their wares.

Most of the victims lamented that nothing came out of previous fire outbreaks in the market. Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook
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