Fire razed the popular Amu timber market in Mushin in the early hours of Saturday destroying properties worth millions of Naira.
HSENations could not ascertain the cause of the fire as at the time of filing in this report.
The fire which started around 12 am on Saturday morning is still spreading to unaffected areas of the market and residential houses around.
According to The Nation, some residents lamented that the fire service didn’t respond on time and when their vehicle arrived, it came with half tank water.
“It took another one hour before three more vehicles arrived. I think the state fire service could do better, ” Femi Akiola said.
Acting Head of Lagos State Fire Service, Mrs. Margaret Adeseye blamed the crowd for the delay in putting out the fire.
“Our men responded swiftly to the emergency call with a vehicle. On getting to the scene, he called for more support and three additional vehicles were deployed to the scene. But we faced similar challenge of crowd control. Our men couldn’t get to the fireplace. We had to call on the police to help push clear the way before the firefighters could access the place, ” Mrs Adeseye said.