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Lagos’ Balogun Market inferno: Anambra House, others razed



… National Light’s zonal headquartres burnt

ANOTHER fire outbreak in the popular Balogun Market located along Martins Street, Lagos Island, burnt down Anambra Plaza and seven other buildings stocked with assorted articles and appliances.

  The inferno started on a 10-storied Anambra House before spreading to nearby buildings with shop owners and other traders watching and wailing while their wealth went up in flames in the plazas.

  Some of the buildings gutted by the fire include a four-storey building popularly known as Arosloys Plaza, a seven-storey building called Sunny Land Plaza and Cool Grace Plaza as well as five other plazas along Sanni Adewale Street that spurs directly behind Martins Street which hosts Anambra Plaza.

  While some of the buildings touched by fire, bearing over 1000 shops, were completely razed down, others are still standing at half-mast well into last night.

  There are fears that faulty electrical connections on the upper floors, where its lift is also being fixed, may have triggered the fire incident.

  It will be recalled that some portions of Sunny Land Plaza were gutted by fire last week before the inferno could be put off bringing fire outbreaks in Lagos and environs to three in just one week after the popular Sabo Market in Sagamu Local Government Area of Ogun State was razed down by fire with over 100 shops going up in flames.\Also destroyed in the inferno was zonal headquartres of Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation (ANPC) publishers of National Light newspapers and Ka O Di Taa as well  as Sportslight Xtra.

  This was five days after fire broke out popular Amu Timber and destroyed many goods estimated at over N5 billion.

  But there has been no official reaction to yesterday’s fire outbreak in Balogun as efforts to take comments of Lagos Fire Service and other emergency control agencies yielded no fruit.

  Recall that three buildings in the Balogun Market were gutted by fire in November, last year.

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