If there is anything to go by, the timber market of Amu located in the mushin Olosha area of Lagos state has been gutted by fire, Fire Fighters Magazine correspondence gathered.
An eye witness who spoke to our correspondence at the scene of the incident confirm that the fire outbreak started at the early hours of Saturday 24th January 2020 and LASEMA’s control room was immediately contacted via 767 to attend the emergency, and a combined team of first responders to emergency from the LASEMA, Federal and Lagos State Fire Services including that of Julius Berger Fire Unit responded swiftly to the scene and curtailed the emergency, revealed the fire was caused by an electrical surge, and that property and goods worth millions of naira had been destroyed.
“However, no loss of lives has been attributed to the inferno, nor has any responder sustained any injuries despite the hindrance caused by miscreants who are bent on constituting a problem with their unsolicited assistance’’. The incident commander revealed.
The LAGOS State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in an on the spot risk assessment on Sunday 26th January 2020 said his administration would help rebuild the Amu Timber Market.
“This is rather very unfortunate incident, nobody ever imagined this amount of destruction would happen in this market.
“We will start full investigation into the remote causes of this fire incident so that we can plan in future how to forestall reoccurrence’ the governor said.
“After the Lagos State Emergency Agency (LASEMA) and other agencies have finished their physical process we will come back with Ministry of Physical Planning to take inventory of the various store owners in this place and also sit with our market leaders to see what kind of lasting solution that we can bring about in markets like this, he said.
Speaking to a cross section of the traders during the governor’s visit, allayed fears that the government want to take over their market.