On Wednesday morning at around 03:28, a fire outbreak was reported at the Akere Spare Parts Market, located at Kirikiri Road, Akere Bus Stop, Olodi-Apapa, Ajegunle, Lagos. The Ajegunle Fire Station was the first to respond to the emergency call. When they arrived at the scene, they found that the fire had already engulfed several rows of shops that specialized in the sale of auto spare parts.
The fire was so intense that it required additional resources to put it out. As such, the Sari-Iganmu and Ilupeju Fire Crews were also dispatched to the scene to assist in extinguishing the flames. Despite the combined efforts of the firefighters, a significant amount of damage had already been done.
The fire had spread rapidly, and it took several hours to get it under control. As a result, a Petroleum Filling Station located nearby with a full loaded 33,000 litres PMS tanker was also in danger of being consumed by the flames. However, the firefighters were able to save the filling station and other adjacent buildings from the inferno.
During the rescue operation, a d£ad male adult was discovered near the scene of the fire. The victim had suffered a gunshot wound and did not appear to have been affected by the fire. The Tolu Police Division was contacted and they arrived at the scene to investigate the d£ath. The Lagos Neighborhood and Safety Corps and the Red Cross were also present at the scene to provide assistance.
The discovery of the d£ad male adult has raised suspicions about the cause of the fire. There are speculations that the fire may have been an arson attack. The victim’s body showed no signs of burning, which suggests that he may have been killed before the fire started. Margaret Adeseye, the Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, has described the cause of the fire as “suspicious.”
The incident has caused significant damage to the lockup shops and their contents. To ascertain the full extent of the damage, a post-incident enumeration will be conducted. The enumeration will also help to determine the number of lockup shops and wares that were lost to the fire.
As investigations into the cause of the fire continue, the public is advised to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the authorities. The Lagos State Government has also urged residents to adhere to fire safety protocols and take necessary precautions to prevent fire outbreaks.
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