Three vehicles, 40 shops razed in Lagos market fire on New Year Eve

Some traders at the popular cattle market “Kara” close to Berger Garage along Lagos-Ibadan expressway got engulfed in fire on New year’s eve.

Some traders at the popular market lost their goods, properties and vehicles to the fire that engulfed the market.

Three vehicles, 40 shops razed in Lagos market fire on New Year Eve

No less than 40 shops, five storage facilities, 20 residential rooms, and cash, all worth millions of naira, were lost to the fire at Kara market in Lagos, The Guardian reported. They added that the goods in the shops and storage facilities include provisions, animal feeds, and food items.

Although millions were lost to the fire, traders were still thankful that no life was lost to what they described as a “mysterious” fire.

An eyewitness, Abiola Ajayi, said: “This is the third time fire has engulfed this cattle market in 2019 alone and we cannot blame it on anyone, except the traders. On a spot, you can find three different generating sets brewing smoke, yet you will see somebody cooking near these generators with gas cooker. They are the one spoiling their property.”

The secretary of the traders in the market, Adewale Akeweje, said some of his members had removed their wares from their shops before the raging fire became uncontrollable. Ajeweje, however, said nobody could ascertain how the fire started.

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