The fire broke out around 11:18 p.m. on Tuesday and at the moment
burnt officials of the Lagos State Fire Service put it out about 17
shops had already been burnt and goods worth millions of naira
On 6 March, 2014, fire also razed the same shopping complex, with two
Scene of fire disaster at Iponri shopping complex this morning.
According to General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management
Authority, LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, the emergency response
plan was activated immediately the fire started and as a result no
life was lost.
The disaster could have been worse but for the intervention of the
fire service men who were quickly mobilized and came with their fire
service tanker with 10,000 litres of water to quell the raging
Director of Lagos State Fire Service, Mr. Rasak Fadipe narrated that
the firefighter battled the inferno when it was still raging.
It’s became known that electricity surge caused the inferno and most
of the items destroyed were electricity generating sets, with other
items such as textile and plastic materials.
According to him, some of the electric cables in the shopping complex
were resting on the shops and that he had told the traders to get a
good electrician to adjust the electric cables to prevent them from
resting on their shops.