Properties worth several millions of naira, were destroyed in the early hours of Wednesday following a mysterious fire that gutted Akere Spare Parts Market, in the Olodi-Apapa area of Lagos State.
The Lagos State Fire Service, however, said its Ajegunle fire station has subdued the fire.
A statement signed by the Director of the Service, Margaret Adeseye, said it was alerted of the fire outbreak at about 03:28 on Wednesday.
She said the Ajegunle Fire Station upon arrival discovered that rows of shops that traded in auto spare parts were on fire.
This, she said, led the Sari-Iganmu and Ilupeju Fire Crews of the Agency to join the team to subdue the raging fire and salvage a nearby filling station with a fully loaded 33,000 litres PMS tanker, amongst other adjoining buildings.
Adeseye disclosed that a male adult with gunshot wound was recovered around the scene of the incident.
The Fire Service said the cause of the fire is suspicious and will require detailed investigation to ascertain.
The statement read: “At about 03:28 Wednesday wee hours, a Fire outbreak was alerted to Akere Spare Parts Market, Kirikiri Road, Akere Bus Stop, Olodi-Apapa, Ajegunle, Lagos that saw the Ajegunle Fire Station of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service as the first respondent.
“Upon arrival, it was discovered that rows of shops that traded in auto spare parts were engulfed in fire that led to Sari-Iganmu and Ilupeju Fire Crews of the Agency joining up to subdue the raging fire and salvage a nearby major market Petroleum Filling Station with a full loaded 33,000 litres PMS tanker among other adjoining buildings.
“However, a male adult was recovered by the Tolu Police Division around the scene and reported death from a gunshot injury as he did not suffer any traces of burnt while the Lagos Neighborhood and Safety Corps and the Red Cross were also in attendance.
“The cause of the fire is suspicious and will require details investigation to be ascertained as well as post-incident enumeration to account for the number of lockup shops and wares lost.”