Goods destroyed, security guard killed as fire guts Lagos spare parts market
Goods worth millions of naira were destroyed in a fire incident that occurred at Akere Spare Parts Market, Ajegunle in the Apapa area of Lagos State.
A 65-year-old security guard’s lifeless body was also reportedly found close to the accident scene.
In a statement on Wednesday, the director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Margaret Adeseye, stated that the incident began at around 3:28 am and that the Ajegunle Fire Station was the first to arrive on the scene.
The statement read partly, “Upon arrival, it was discovered that rows of shops that traded in auto spare parts were well alight that led to Sari-Iganmu and Ilupeju Fire Crews of the Agency joining up to subdued the raging Fire and salvage a nearby major market Petroleum Filling Station with a fully loaded 33,000 liters PMS tanker amongst other adjoining buildings.
“However, a male adult was recovered by the Tolu Police Division of the Nigerian Police around the scene while the Lagos Neighborhood and Safety Corps and the Red Cross were also in attendance.”
Adeseye added that the cause of the fire would require an investigation to account for the number of lockup shops and wares lost.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed that the deceased was shot dead.
In his words, “A 65-year-old security guard in the market was shot dead. We have identified him and his corpse has been taken to the mortuary. An investigation is ongoing.”