Fire of yet to be confirmed source, last night
gutted Aguda market in Surulere, Lagos
The inferno happened late in the night when
shop owners have closed for the day. The
level of destruction is yet to be ascertained.
A similar incident happened at the market in
2011, where about 106 shops were burnt and
goods worth millions of naira was destroyed.
Fire incidences have become rampant in
Lagos markets in recent times. In May, over
120 shops were completely razed with others
partially affected at Daleko Market, Mushin.
In July, goods worth millions of naira were
destroyed when fire gutted parts of Alaba
International Market, Ojo, Lagos.
In August, a fire incident at the plank market
in Ebute Metta area of Lagos State destroyed
goods worth millions of naira. It was also
learnt that the fire consumed about five
bungalows in the area. Another plank market,
the Awori Plank Market located in Abule-
Egba was in September gutted by fire which
destroyed goods worth millions of naira.
Most of the fire incidences were blamed on
electrical surge. However, the cause of the
Aguda Market fire cannot be immediately
The Lagos State government will do well to
have a critical look at the frequent fire
incidences across markets in the state and
proffer a solution to reduce such in future.
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