Nigerian firefighters were trying to extinguish a major fire at the Balogun market in central Lagos.
Thick black smoke and flames were shooting up from five-story buildings surrounding the market as fire trucks attempt to get access to the fire.
Residents were throwing what belongings they could from the buildings and some people on the rooftops were using small buckets of water to try to stop the fire. A fire truck was also spraying water onto the flames.
The fire started in the morning and became a major blaze by midday. Officials haven’t yet said if any people were injured in the fire or commented on the cause of the blaze.
The Balogun market sprawls across many blocks on Lagos Island. It is well known as one of the best places in Lagos to buy colorful Nigerian fabrics, apparel, and shoes.
Meanwhile, a Policeman dies as Lagos market building collapses. The six-story building collapsed killing a policeman at the scene.
The building was among others inside the Balogun market, on Lagos Island which gutted by fire. The six-story building located at 43 Martins Street, Lagos Island, collapsed around 8:30 p.m. as firemen continued spirited efforts at extinguishing the inferno.
A section of the burning building collapsed on the policeman, severely injuring him while trying to control the surging crowd.
Confirming the death, Mr. Olanrewaju Elegushi, Special Adviser to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Lagos Central Business District, said the policeman died in the hospital following injuries sustained in the building collapse.
The cause of the fire and the extent of the damage had yet to be ascertained with emergency workers joining traders to help bring the situation under control.