The popular Balogun market caught on fire yesterday and for hours on end, firefighters tried to put out the raging inferno.
Jubril Gawat, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Lagos State Governor on New Media has been giving regular updates on the fire and the battle against it.
It seems the fire has been controlled, but there is still imminent danger. Businesses around the market have been shut down and the governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu is on the scene to see what’s happening. Thankfully there have been no recorded casualties.
UPDATE: 10:19 am …. Governor @jidesanwoolu of Lagos State arrives at the Scene of the Fire ….. In company of Govt officials … @lasemasocial boss .. Special Duties Commissioner, SA @lagos_cbd .. SSA CBD @Sola_Giwa @Riddwane @gboyegaakosile @segunfafore pic.twitter.com/QXBia2gssy
— Jubril A. Gawat (@Mr_JAGs) November 6, 2019
Nigerians have been heartbroken at the situation with many criticising the slow response of the fire fighting units.
One user wrote: “The #lagosisland Balogun market fire is an horrific accident. Not being able to put out the fire for almost two days, is senselessness and madness and the fire service have no blame. How do you put out such raging fire when you can’t get you extinguishing reasonable close enough?”
Another person wondered why there isn’t a dedicated fire station to the market: “We cannot keep doing the same thing every time and call it accident. How can a market as big as Balogun not have a functional fire service department. I don’t just mean tanker. There should be a fire service department resident in the market.”
Another pointed out how helpless some of the members of the fire service were when they initially arrived on the scene: “I had some stuff to do around Balogun Market today. I passed this building around 12:04pm. The smoke was still mild. Saw some fire trucks on ground, but they looked helpless as I saw them watching with other sympathisers.”
“The impact of the Balogun Market fire is going to cause excruciating pain to many families especially in this coming festive season. Be kind and reach out. 🙏” suggested another Twitter user.
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I had some stuff to do around Balogun Market today. I passed this building around 12:04pm. The smoke was still mild. Saw some fire trucks on ground, but they looked helpless as I saw them watching with other sympathisers. pic.twitter.com/6Ce2K0fe1S
— Joshua Agbede (@JoshuaAgbede) November 5, 2019
See how clumsy this Firefighter is… This happened at Balogun Market today.
You can see the heavy fire he wants to put out with a bucket of water, as if it is his kitchen stove.
🤦♂️🤦♂️Oh My Cheesus. pic.twitter.com/cXNw2tuh1G
— IFEANYI THE GREAT |🇳🇬 (@Eastcoastprince) November 5, 2019
To all those who lost valuables and properties in the Balogun market infano…may d almighty Allah in his infinite mercies comforts and replenish you in multiple folds beyond whatever u may have lost.
— Nurudeen Adeleye (@AY_ikeja) November 6, 2019
lamenting when fire destroys our markets, time after time, just to forget about it afterwards, as if we're definitely certain it won't happen again. Is this normal? I sincerely sympathize with traders of Balogun market on this.
— Abdulhamid Ahmed (@Abdu77Ahmed) November 6, 2019
My thoughts and prayers for those who were affected by the Balogun Market Fire outbreak…
May God comfort you and restore all that was lost..
— Olashile Abayomi-Wealth (@thefireofOla) November 6, 2019
After all the tax the traders at Balogun market pay to Lagos state government; the daily, weekly, and monthly extortions collected by touts and the market association, it is shameful that something as basic as a fire truck cannot be made available to these traders.
— TwITta PsYcHoLogiSt (@kabasa007) November 6, 2019
So the fire in Balogun market burnt till this morning?!and there’s allocation to fire service,there are people in govt that can make things happen and take care of the situation!! This people can’t even pretend they care about the people all they care abt is to remain in power!
— IG:collinsoshophotography (@collinsosho) November 6, 2019
To all the business owners who lost their goods to the fire yesterday in Balogun Market Lagos Island, please do not lose hope. God will replace your loss with plenty, more than you can imagine. #lagosisland
— perfume&perfumeoils_store (@liqecollections) November 6, 2019
It breaks my heart to know the Balogun Market fire kept burning throughout the night.
A fire that started early enough yesterday and had adequate publicity and still…
At this point it is safe to say Nigeria’s problem is spiritual so let’s keep praying. 🤡
— NSG (@Naijasinglegirl) November 6, 2019
The impact of the Balogun Market fire is going to cause excruciating pain to many families especially in this coming festive season. Be kind and reach out. 🙏
— Añuli Aniebo Ola-Olaniyi (@anuliolaolaniyi) November 6, 2019
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