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BALOGUN MARKET FIRE: POLICEMAN, ONE OTHER PERSON CONFIRMED DEAD

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A yet to be identified policeman and another person have been reported dead in the inferno that engulfed Mandillas Building at the popular Balogun Market on Lagos Island.

The fire was yet to be finally put out even on Wednesday morning and has spread to adjoining building with firefighters and other rescue team relentlessly battling to avert further damages.

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According to reports, The policeman lost his life when a section of the building collapsed on him late Tuesday, as firefighters continued with their efforts to put out the raging fire.

His death was however announced through the twitter handle of Rapid Response Squad, RRS, @rrslagos767.

The tweet reads:

“We are still at the scene of the fire incident. Though it has reduced to a reasonable extent, Efforts are still on to put it out completely. Partial building collapse occurred during the process which claimed the life a policeman from a nearby division.”

Reports also disclosed that another unidentified victim had earlier been killed in the explosion that triggered the fire earlier in the morning, but the death could not be confirmed at press time.

However, the Director-General of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr Femi Oke-Osantyintolu has confirmed that a simultaneous fire incident was also reported at a building in the nearby Dosunmu market, but had already been put out by firefighters.

He said “At the time of this report, an additional fire truck had arrived at the scene of the Balogun market fire to complement the efforts of the men battling the fire.”

“Fire also broke out on the other building on the right to the first building at 6 am. LASEMA heavy-duty equipment excavator and low deployed to the fire point at 6.13 am Wednesday.”

“Lagos State Fire Service has assessed the fire but can’t risk going up for safety purposes. “Union Bank Fire service has been contacted for back up to assist with their skylift fire truck. Recovery operation still ongoing as at 8 am.”

Shop owners around the market axis are now scared as they are almost loosing trust in the fire fighters who have been working tirelessly to no avail since the early hours of Tuesday.

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