Tragedy struck in the wee hours of Wednesday, March 8, when a mysterious raging fire gutted Akere Spare Parts Market in Olodi-Apapa, Lagos state.
The corpse of a male adult was recovered around the scene, suspected to have died from a gunshot wound as there were no signs of burns on him.
Margaret Adeseye, the Director of Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, have stated that the cause of the fire is “suspicious”.
Her statement reads,
“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 dead 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.”
Watch a clip showing the fire below,
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