Angry Mob Denies Firemen Access As Fire Razes Alaba Market In Lagos [Video]
Many traders have lost goods worth millions of naira during a fire outbreak at the Alaba International market in the Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State.
It was gathered that the fire started on Friday morning from a shop where gas cylinders were stored before spreading to other parts of the market, destroying goods worth millions of naira.
The traders reportedly resorted to self-help to put out the fire before the arrival of emergency responders who were turned back by angry mobs from performing their statutory.
The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Services, which confirmed the incident, said there was a security situation in the market as officials of the agency were unable to gain access into the premises.
“Report reaching Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service indicates shanties at the popular Alaba International Market, Ojo, Lagos are on Fire.
“However, Fire Crew from Ojo, Sari-Iganmu and Ajegunle are being turned back by angry mobs from performing their statutory duty but presently on standby.
“The agency is consequently collaborating with Security agents to address it,” the agency’s director, Margaret Adeseye, said in a situation report on Friday.
Watch the video below:
No again. Fire engulfed the popular Ojo Alaba market in Lagos state. The fire is currently ravaging a section of the market. Men of the Lagos state fire service have been alerted to the scene.
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This comes just a few days after a fire outbreak occurred in a building inside the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.