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Fire Guts Iponri Shopping Complex, Razes 17 Shops

Ayo Balogun, Lagos

Fire has razed 17 shops at the Iponri Shopping Complex on Tuesday as properties valued at millions of naira were destroyed.

The Director of the Lagos State Fire Service, Mr. Rasak Fadipe said the fire broke out at about 11.18 pm as 17 shops were razed, saying that things could have gotten worst if the fire service men did not intervene on time.

According to him, the fire servicemen battled the fire and mobilized the Sari-Iganmu fire station, which came with 10,000 litres of water to subdue the raging inferno.

“Because of the magnitude of the inferno, the fire service stations at Ilupeju and Onikan were quickly mobilized with each of the station coming with 10,000 litres of water each which was used in putting out the fire.

“Most of the items burnt in the 17 shops were generators, with other items such as different types of textiles, plastic materials and others. The fire was as a result of upsurge of electricity.

“Some of the electricity wires in the shopping complex were resting on the shops. I have told the traders when fire first guts two shops in the complex recently to get a good technician to adjust the electric cables from resting on their shops,” he said.

On March 6, 2014, fire also razed the same shopping complex, with two shops burnt before the fire service officials put out the fire.



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