The National Emergency Management Agency has warned Nigerians against unsafe practices when handling inflammable materials as fire gutted 14 shops at the Ijesha Market in Surulere, Lagos State.
It was gathered that the fire, which started around 5pm on Saturday, also destroyed a 24-room apartment and partially destroyed 48 shops.
Our correspondent learnt that the fire, which raged for hours before it was finally extinguished, started from a gas cooker in one of the rooms converted to a shop.
PUNCH Metro gathered that although no life was lost to the incident, property worth millions of naira were lost.
Emergency responders at the scene were the Federal Fire Service, Lagos State Fire Service, the LASEMA Response Unit Fire Service, the Police Disaster Management Unit, NEMA Grassroots Emergency Volunteers Corps, the police and NEMA.
The acting Coordinator, Lagos Territorial Office, NEMA, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, noted that the NEMA Grassroots Volunteers from Mushin assisted in resisting hoodlums, who wanted to take advantage of the situation to loot, and also in curtailing the spread of the fire.
Farinloye urged parents to warn their children against playing with fire and inflammable materials.
He said, “I want to enjoin Nigerians to take utmost care and be safety conscious in handling the management of fire this season of the year. Fire has been known to be a good messenger when handled with utmost care, but the worst enemy when there is mismanagement of it.
“A slight mistake can destroy our own and immediate neighbours’ lifetime savings and assets, thus the need for us all to be safety conscious. We must avoid unsafe practices when handling inflammable materials.”
The acting Head, Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Margaret Adeseye, urged Lagosians to remain cautious with the use of electrical gadgets and ensure that qualified electrical engineers were engaged to fix faults to prevent fire outbreaks.
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