20 Vehicles, 10 Shops Gutted By Fire In Lagos Market

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Raging fire

A massive fire that swept through Owode Onirin, an auto parts market near Ikorodu on Monday, has destroyed over 20 vehicles, 10 shops and belongings worth millions of naira.

The fire reportedly started at about 9:30 pm, with many traders scampering for safety.

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Eyewitnesses who spoke to newsmen said they tried to put out the fire.

Mr Wasiu Bello, a business owner in the market, claimed the fire was caused by the carelessness of a food seller who had left a lump of burning coal in her shop.

Bello said that he lost some vehicles to the fire: a bonnet worth N1.2 million that he already sold but yet to be delivered to the buyer.

Olamilekan Semiu, another victim laid the blame on the night guards, saying if they had performed their duties efficiently they would have been able to put the fire out quickly.

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