Concise News Correspondents
Goods worth several millions of Naira were destroyed as a seven-storey building known as Brazas Plaza, located at the Balogun market extension on Lagos Island, was gutted by fire on Saturday.
It was gathered that the incident resulted in gridlock in most parts of the Island, as a large number of traders and passersby besieged the vicinity, to catch a glimpse of the inferno.
Director, Lagos State Fire Service, Mr Rasak Fadipe, who confirmed the incident, disclosed that the fire started around 10.49 hours from the third floor of the building.
Fadipe noted that six fire engines were quickly deployed to fight the inferno. But he said the cause of the outbreak had yet to be identified.
But the fire service director gave a hint of the possible cause as he said the improper stocking and piling of textile products in bails in the shops probably blocked the air-conditioning which may have triggered an electrical upsurge in the neighbourhood.
He lamented that a crowd of onlookers which immediately gathered in the area hindered the work of the firefighters.
Fadipe said fire engines from Sari-Iganmu, Isolo, Ilupeju, Alausa and the United Bank for Africa (UBA Plc) were able to bring the inferno under control and stop it from spreading to adjoining buildings after about three hours.
He added that there were no casualties in the incident and that the level of destruction would be evaluated later.
Also speaking, an official of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Adekunle Orobiyi, said that his agency also assisted in bringing the fire under control.