Two people have lost their lives to the inferno that gutted a popular market in Lagos State, Nigeria.
According to an eye witness, the fire, which was presumed to have started around 4.45am Friday, woke with the ever busy Mile 12 market in Ketu area and destroyed property worth millions of naira.
Although the cause of the fire had yet to be ascertained as of press time, it was learnt that no fewer than 20 shops were consumed by the inferno.
The general manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, however, said preliminary investigation revealed that petrol and diesel were stored in the shops.
He added that four vehicles, five motorcycles and two trucks were also destroyed.
He said, “Fire outbreak occurred around 4:45am at Mile 12 Market. About 20 shops were completely burnt down, five motorbikes, one car, three buses and two trucks were also burnt.
“We recovered two dead male bodies from the shops.”
The LASEMA boss said the fire was put out some minutes to 9 am, while recovery operation was ongoing.
Policemen and officials of the Lagos State Fire Service and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps were also at the scene of the incident.