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Over 70 Shops in Lagos Market gutted by fire

Fire outbreaks have always been fatal occurrences which have left its victims to tears and irreparable loss.

It has been reported by the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, that over 70 shops were severely destroyed in a fire outbreak at Alade Market, Market Street, Somolu, Lagos.

The State Fire and Rescue Service, however, managed to salvage 101 shops from being damaged by the fire that broke out around 12.30am on Tuesday.

Mrs Margaret Adeseye, Ag. Head of the Service, while briefing the press, said that the fire was put out by firefighters from Ilupeju and Bolade Fire Stations who were swiftly alerted to visit the location.

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Also, the average land area of 1,944 square metres, housing 171 shops of varying sizes, already had 70 of the shops engulfed by fire by the time the Fire and rescue service showed up.

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The shops which was greatly damaged by the inferno, had various items including food, gas cylinders and other perishable goods.

Adeseye said the cause of the fire is still being investigated, but pointed out that its spread may have been fostered by gas cylinders inside a gas shop in the market.

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