Nigerians React To Balogun Market Fire

Balogun Market

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.

 

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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