Lagos Island Market Was Gutted by Fire.

​A seven – storey building known as Brazas Plaza , located at the Balogun market extension in Lagos Island , was on Saturday gutted by fire , destroying goods , valuables and cash worth several millions of Naira .

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 .

Confirming the incident , the Director, Lagos State Fire Service , Mr Rasak Fadipe , told the News Agency of Nigeria that the fire started around 10 . 49 hours from the third floor of the building .

He added that six fire engines were immediately deployed to fight the inferno , saying that the cause of the incident had yet to be ascertained .

Fadipe , however , explained that the improper stocking and piling of textile products in bails in the shops ,

that probably blocked the air -conditioning vents 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 fighters from Sari-Iganmu , Isolo , Ilupeju , Alausa and the United Bank for Africa ( UBA Plc ) were able to bring the inferno under control and stopped 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 , Adekunle Orobiyi , said his agency also assisted in bringing the fire under control .

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