Exactly a month after the Ifelodun Plank Market in Demurin, Ketu, Lagos, was razed down in a late night inferno, the popular Alade market on Allen Avenue in Ikeja, was this evening gutted by fire, the National Emergency Management Agency has said.
Details of the incident are still sketchy. NEMA did not say what caused the fire and the extent of damage. But the agency did say nine shops were affected while the timely arrival of rescue agencies saved the market from being completely razed down.
“After fire outbreak this evening, timely arrival of response agencies saved Alade Market on Allen Avenue, Ikeja Lagos. 9 shops affected,” NEMA’s spokesperson, Yushau Shuaib, said in the one-paragraph statement.
A source said the fire, which began after 7 p.m. was sparked by power surge. He said officials of the Lagos State Fire Service, Alausa Division, however raced to the scene shortly after the fire began, saving the market from being reduced to ashes.
Owners of affected shops are lamenting and counting their losses, the source said.
Recall that the Ifelodun Plank Market in Demurin, Ketu was razed on March 7. The Lagos State Government says it is investigating the incident.