On Tuesday, the 5th of November, 2019, Lagos State witnessed three fire outbreaks. The biggest of them was that of Balogun Market in Lagos Island; the other happened in Dosunmu, while the last happened in a Chin Chin factory.
Balogun market fire outbreak
A statement the Lagos State Emergency Authority (LASEMA) issued in regards the Balogun market fire outbreak, says the incident happened on a 6 storey building at 43 Martin street. It also said that the fire engulfed a 3 storey commercial building of lock-up shops.
Update:— Zhaky Zhamany💰 (@zhakyzhamany) November 5, 2019
Balogun market is on fire at Lagos island, fire service came through but their water no reach, e don finish 🤦♀️🤦♀️
Still burning 😢😢 pic.twitter.com/2uXGTcLDNR
As at then, the fire had affected almost every section of both buildings and had the capacity to spread to other buildings next to them, due to proximity and closeness of the buildings in the highly populated area.
Hence, the statement from LASEMA noted that the area presented peculiar difficulties to access the source of the fire in order to effectively put it out on time. It, however, said the operatives were on top of the situation.
The fire fighters in Balogun has been on this for hours but it doesn’t seem to be having any effect! pic.twitter.com/WpWoPSga6T— DANNY WALTER 👑 (@Cutewalterr) November 5, 2019
Though there are still sketchy details about the cause and the level of casualties, reports have it that respondents and men of the fire service worked till late in the night to put out the fire. It was also gathered that a policeman was injured when a part of the building that was worst affected collapsed.
This is the second time in two years that such an incident has happened as a fire outbreak was recorded in the market in February 2017.
Views from my office. Balogun market 😭💔 pic.twitter.com/eGuzkW4H9o— Ego Oyibo (@Miss_Bilala) November 5, 2019
Dosunmu fire outbreak
In the case of the Dosunmu fire outbreak, the fire engulfed a residential building. A video that went viral in this regard shows that the last floor of the storey building was heavily affected. Residents in the area attempted to put out the fire as they await the arrival of firemen. The cause and the level of casualties are still unknown.
The Chin Chin Factory Fire Outbreak
On the same Tuesday, another fire outbreak engulfed a chin-chin factory belonging to Didaskalos Vado Ventures.
In the case of this fire outbreak, an electric spark reportedly caused the outbreak but an emergency response team which comprised of the Fire Service, LASEMA and the police put out the fire.