One dead as fire ravages spare parts market in Lagos

...truck driver injured in Epe


CITIZENS COMPASS– ONE person was recovered dead on Wednesday, when fire ravaged Akere Spare Parts Market, Kirikiri Road, Akere Bus Stop, Olodi-Apapa, Ajegunle, Lagos.

The body of the male adult was recovered by men of Tolu Police Division who responded to a distress calls by residents.

The incident occurred in the wee hours when the traders have gone to their various houses though the fire affected some row of shops where their owners deal on auto spare parts were.

It could not be ascertained if the deceased passed the night in one of the shops but the body was recovered at about 3am during rescue ooeration.

The fire was attended to by Ajegunle Fire Station of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service as first respondent.

The incident was confirmed by Adeseye Margaret, Director, Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, while giving an update about the incident.


“At about 03:28 on Wednesday wee hours, a fire outbreak was alerted to Akere Spare Parts Market, Kirikiri Road, Akere Bus Stop, Olodi-Apapa, Ajegunle, Lagos that saw the Ajegunle Fire Station of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service as first respondent.

“Upon arrival, it was discovered that rows of shops that traded in auto spare parts was 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.

“The cause of the Fire will required details investigation to ascertained as well as post incident enumeration to account for the number of lockup shops and wares lost.”


At press time, the affected traders were counting their losses.


Truck driver injured in Epe


A truck driver was injured in Epe area of Lagos, when the truck was involved in a lone accident.

The incident occurred at day time on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 when the fully loaded gas tanker with number plate,
BRA-179XA, was on motion around Epe under bridge.

According to eye witnesses’ account, the gas tanker was on motion when it lost control and fell sideways at Epe bridge causing panic among motorists and road users who were stranded for hours.

However, no life was lost as emergency responders were immediately alerted after sympathisers have done all they could do.

The truck driver was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital for medical attention.

Confirming the incident, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu said, “Upon the arrival of the LRT at the incident scene, it was discovered that a loaded gas tanker with registration number BRA-179XA was involved in a solitary accident.

“Further investigation gathered at the scene indicates that the gas tanker fell as a result of overspeeding and rammed into the vehicle in front of it.

“There was No loss of life but the driver of the gas tanker sustained injury and has been rushed to General hospital (Epe) for medical attention.

“The agency responders are working alongside the FRSC, LASTMA and Lagos State Fire Service are on ground to ensure the safety of motorists along Epe bridge.


“The Agency’s crane has been dispatched for swift recovery of the gas tanker.”

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