If there is anything to go by, a section of the popular cattle market also known as ‘Kara’ close to the Berger Garage along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway was gutted by fire on 31/12/2019 morning.
some eyewitnesses during a visit to the market said no less than 40 shops, five storage facilities, 20 residential rooms and cash, worth millions of naira, were lost to the inferno, NAN correspondents gathered.
Speaking to a cross section of the operators at the market thanked God that no life was lost from what they described as a ‘mysterious’ fire, a vehicle owner had come to buy ram for the new year festival, only for his car to get burnt beyond recognition.
“The other two vehicles parked there got damaged beyond recognition, this one just couldn’t be helped.
“The next thing we heard was that the area was on fire, how that happened is still a mystery.
Mr Adewale Akeweje, the Secretary of the sellers in the market, said nobody could ascertain how the fire started.
“It affected some shops and some living apartments there, Personally, I don’t have an idea of what caused it, we heard that some people just saw the fire around the area where rams are sold,” he narrates.
Akeweje commended the timely response of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Services, from the State Secretariat Alausa, which responded promptly to put out the fire.
A fire officer who spoke on anonymity at the incident said “We were called around 11a.m. that part of Kara market was on fire. But before we got there, they had stopped the fire from spreading to other areas and what we did was to go to the base of the fire to extinguish it he said.
Also, the Assistant General -Secretary of the market, Sani Mohammed, said the cause of the inferno still remained a mystery to the market officials and the populace.
Mr Mohammed said the inferno remained a mystery because all investigations by the market officials and the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service were not able to reveal the cause of the fire as at the time of filing this report.
“All I heard where I sat was fire! fire!! fire!!!
“Within a few seconds, there was chaos while everyone was running for his or her life.
“However, efforts are still ongoing to ascertain the cause of the inferno,” Mr Mohammed said.