A fire has razed goods worth millions at the Akere Spare Parts Market, Ajegunle in the Apapa area of Lagos State.
Also found close to the scene was a lifeless body of a 65-year-old security guard.
The Director of Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Adeseye Margaret, in a statement on Wednesday, March 8th, confirmed that the fire started at about 3:28 am, adding that the Ajegunle Fire Station was the first respondent.
Part of the statement read, “Upon arrival, it was discovered that rows of shops that traded in auto spare parts were 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.”
Adeseye went on to say investigations were ongoing to ascertain the cause of the fire and to also account for the number of lockup shops and wares lost.
The Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO), Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed that the deceased was shot dead.
He said, “A 65-year-old security guard in the market was shot dead. We have identified him and his corpse has been taken to the mortuary. An investigation is ongoing.”