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IN BADAGRY: Black Wednesday as fire guts shops in Agbara market

A fire incident which occurred in the early hours of yesterday, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, razed no fewer than 13 shops at the popular Agbara Market, along the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, Lagos Mainland, leaving owners of the shops in deep shock.

It was gathered that the fire which began at about 4.35 a.m. started from one of the container shops opposite the expressway. In the inferno, 13 shops all situated in a single line directly opposite the expressway were razed.

A shop owner, Mrs Funmi Olabode, told Guardian she was contacted on phone by a neighbour who informed her of the incidence.

She said that she 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.

A resident, Mr Kazeem Sowemimo, who aided in rescuing the goods of some shop owners, said that he had come out for his day’s work, only to discover the inferno. “As I come out, I saw fire and saw as everybody was running up and down, so I just began help out,” he said.

It was learnt that few other shop owners who arrived the market later were able to prevent the fire from getting to their wares as they hurriedly carted away their goods.

Sources say the team from the Fire Service in Agbara, arrived the market at about 5.57am to put out the inferno.

It was gathered that among the shops razed down by the fire, include, recharge card shops, boutiques, provision shops, electronics shops among others.



Idris Aina
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