In a devastating incident that occurred late last night, the Ladipo Plank Market in Lagos State was consumed by a raging inferno, leading to extensive damage to both goods and property within the market.
Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyitolu, the Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Emergency Management Authority (LASEMA), officially confirmed the tragic incident. Fortunately, he assured the public that there were no reported casualties resulting from the blaze.
According to Oke-Osanyitolu, “The agency responded to distress calls and arrived at the above scene of the incident to discover that the plank market was being gutted by fire. Fortunately, there is no loss of life. However, goods and property yet to be enumerated have been destroyed due to the inferno.”
As of now, the exact cause of the fire remains uncertain, although eyewitnesses have reported that it originated at approximately 12:30 a.m. within the heart of the main market area.
Emergency response teams, including the Lagos State Fire Service, the Federal Fire Service, and LASEMA, have been tirelessly battling the blaze since the early morning hours, with efforts to completely extinguish the fire. Simultaneously, rescue operations continue to ensure the safety and well-being of market vendors and the surrounding community.
The Ladipo Plank Market, known for its bustling trade in timber and wooden products, has been a vital hub for countless businesses within Lagos State. The devastating fire has left many traders and business owners in despair as they grapple with the loss of their livelihoods.