A midnight fire has gutted the popular Ajao market in the Ajao area of Lagos State.
The fire incident, First News learnt occurred at about 1am on Wednesday.
Properties worth millions of naira have already been destroyed with the fire spreading to some adjoining buildings, forcing residents of the area to scamper to safety.
Although the cause of the fire could not be immediately ascertained, First News gathered that it started around a shopping mall close to the market and had already extended into the main Ajao market.
Operatives of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Lagos State Fire Service, the Nigeria Police Force and other emergency responders are currently at the market battling the raging inferno.
Confirming the incident, LASEMA spokesperson, Nosa Okunbor, said no casualty had been recorded.
According to him, “There is a fire outbreak there. It started around 1am, but we are there already. From all indications, the Ajao Main Market has a small shopping mall and from what we gathered, the fire started from the shopping mall and extended to the main market and affected some adjoining buildings.
“But the LASEMA Response Team and other stakeholders, including the Lagos State Fire Service and the police are already on ground to quell the fire. No casualty has been recorded for now.”