Olowu Market in Ikeja Local Government in Lagos State, was razed on Saturday with properties worth millions of naira destroyed.
The fire was said to have started a few minutes after 3pm, a time when the traders were hoping to conclude trade and leave the premises in compliance with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s directives on market closure aimed at assisting the state contain the spread of coronavirus.
It was gathered that fire started from 42, Olowu Street, off Awolowo Road, in Olowu axis of Lagos in Ikeja, from a one-storey building stocked with highly flammable materials.
Public Affairs Officer (PAO) of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Nosa Okunbor, said the fire was put out by a combined team of LASEMA, Federal, and state fire service officials, who ensured that the inferno does not spread beyond the limit.
According to him, no death or injury were recorded in the incident which ravaged the affected building that serves as offices for various organisations.
“After successfully extinguishing the fire through the combined efforts of the Agency’s responders and its stakeholders, the Post Disaster Assessment conducted by the Agency’s officials revealed that the fire started from a large storage room in the affected building where Auto paints (Tinner) were stored,” he said.