Lagos State Government orders probe into Amu Plank Market fire

The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has set up a team to investigate the fire that gutted Amu Plank Market in the Mushin area of the state on Saturday.

The fire, which raged for several hours, was eventually extinguished on Sunday.

The fire, which was said to have started around 12am as a result of power surge, razed 11 buildings and destroyed property worth millions of naira.

Traders and residents of the area blamed the slow response of firefighters for the massive loss of property.

Sanwo-Olu, during a visit to the scene on, lamented the huge losses recorded in the market as a result of the inferno, adding that relevant government agencies had been mobilised to take inventory of the losses and report back to the state government.

He said, “This is rather a very unfortunate incident; nobody ever imagined this amount of destruction could happen in this market.

We will start a full investigation into the remote causes of this fire incident so that we can plan in future on how to forestall incidents like this.“After the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and other agencies have finished their physical processes, we will come back with the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development 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.

“We will do enumeration of the houses affected by the fire incident. Then, the government will go back and see what support it can render.

We thank God that it was only goods that were lost and no life was lost, because we cannot equate the life of anybody with goods and services.”

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