Fire has burnt down the Akere Spare Parts Market in Ajegunle, Apapa area of Lagos State, on Wednesday, destroying down goods worth millions of naira, leaving a 65-year-old security guard dead.
After the incident, a statement was released the same day by the Director of Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Adeseye Margaret who confirmed that the fire started at about 3:28 am and that the Ajegunle Fire Station was the first respondent.
The statement read in part, “Upon arrival, it was discovered that rows of shops that traded in auto spare parts were well alight that led to Sari-Iganmu and Ilupeju Fire Crews of the Agency joining up to subdued the raging Fire and salvage a nearby major market Petroleum Filling Station with a fully loaded 33,000 liters PMS tanker amongst other adjoining buildings.
“However, a male adult was recovered by the Tolu Police Division of the Nigerian Police around the scene while the Lagos Neighborhood and Safety Corps and the Red Cross were also in attendance.”
On the next option after the fire incident, Adeseye stated that the cause of the fire would require an investigation to account for the number of lockup shops and wares lost.
While the Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin revealed that the deceased was shot dead.
“A 65-year-old security guard in the market was shot dead. We have identified him and his corpse has been taken to the mortuary. An investigation is ongoing,” he said.