Traders in Agbara Market in Lagos count their losses as fire razes their shops few hours to President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Lagos on Wednesday
Agbara Market, along Lagos-Badagry Expressway are mourning their losses after an early morning fire razed down shops and goods few hours to the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Lagos on Wednesday, April 24.
The cause of the fire which began at about 4.35 a.m. started from one of the container shops opposite the expressway is yet to be determined.
Thirteen shops, all situated in a single line directly opposite the expressway were affected.
Independent reports that a shop owner, Funmi Olabode, said she was contacted on phone by a neighbour who informed her of the incidence.
Olabode evacuated all her wares before the fire razed her shop, but expressed regrets that she could not rescue the goods of some of her neighbours.
Another shop owner, David Buka, who was also able to rescue his wares, expressed shock at the incidence.
“I don’t even know what to say; I live nearby, and I woke up early because today is supposed to be our market day, only for me to meet this situation,” he said.
Kazeem Sowemimo, who aided in rescuing the goods of some shop owners, said that he works at a Keke Park located in the market and had come out for his day’s work, only to discover the inferno.
He said: “As I come out, I saw fire and saw as everybody was running up and down, so I just began help out.”
Some shop owners who arrived the market later were seen opening their shops and hurriedly carting away their goods before the fire extends to their shops.
There were, however, cries and lamentations by some others, whose shops and goods were razed by the fire. – Independent
– Apr. 24, 2019 @ 12:00 GMT |