Vanguard (Lagos)

15 January 2013

Nigeria: Fire Guts Ikeja City Mall

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Blazing fire

Property worth billions of Naira was salvaged Tuesday, when fire gutted parts of the ever busy Ikeja City Mall, Alausa.

The fire which occurred at Mr. Price retail store section of the mall, which deals in all kinds of clothing, broke out at about 11am.

When Vanguard visited the scene of the fire incident, all the entrances to the Mall were cordoned off by security personnel with safety tapes around the area to ward off people from danger zone,while only fire fighters, mobile police officers and emergency managers were allowed entrance.

Normal business activities at the mall, housing Shoprite and about 100 retail and wholesale shops was brought to a halt, leaving customers stranded outside for over four hours.

The Director of Lagos Fire Service, Alausa, Rasaq Fadipe, who confirmed the fire outbreak to vanguard described it as "minor" without any serious loss.

He said if not for the quick response and arrival at the scene, the entire building, properties and probably some lives would have been lost in the process.

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