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Lagos government orders indefinite closure of Dosunmu market over fire outbreak

The Lagos State Government has ordered indefinite closure of Dosunmu market, environs following fire outbreak that engulfed many buildings in the market located in the axis of Lagos Island on Tuesday, which was traced to generator set.

Penpushing reports that spokesperson of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Nosa Okunbor made this known in an update, explaining that investigation showed that the fire started from a shop where a generator set was being refueled while still on.

“Investigation revealed that the fire started from a shop where a generator set was being refueled while still on. The generator ignited in the process and the person fueling the generator threw the fuel to the building opposite, causing the fire to escalate’, Okunbor said.

Penpushing further reports that the agency spokesperson disclosed that the fire affected about 15 buildings out of which six had collapsed, while this came 24 hours after a similar incident involving a three-storey building with 20 built-up shops and three warehouses occurred at the Balogun market on Monday, the same axis.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) said Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has directed those commercial activities in Dosunmu Street and its immediate environs be suspended immediately until further notice.

Penpushing also reports that Special Adviser to the Governor on Central Business District, (CBD), Bola Lawal, announced the closure and suspension when she led a delegation to the scene for an on-the-spot assessment.

The Special Adviser, who monitored the incident, stated that the measure had become necessary to prevent possible loss of life and maintain peace and order in the area, and listed the markets affected by the closure to include Dosunmu, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Moshalashi, Woro Pedro, Obanikoro Street, Ago Tawa, Idumagbo Avenue, Idumagbo, Ido – Oluwo and Oju Olobun Street.

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