Akere Spare Parts Market in Olodi-Apapa, Lagos State, was destroyed by a “suspicious” fire in the early hours of Wednesday, March 8.
An adult male’s body was found nearby; it is thought that he suffered a gunshot wound because there were no signs of burning on him.
Margaret Adeseye, director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, described the fire’s origin as “strange”.
The Ajegunle Fire Station of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service was the first respondent to the fire that was reported at the Akere Spare Parts Market, Kirikiri Road, Akere Bus Stop, Olodi-Apapa, Ajegunle, Lagos, at approximately 3:28 a.m. on Wednesday.
“Upon arrival, it was discovered that rows of shops that traded in auto spare parts were engulfed in fire that led to Sari-Iganmu and Ilupeju Fire Crews of the Agency joining up to subdue the raging fire and salvage a nearby major market Petroleum Filling Station with a full loaded 33,000 litres PMS tanker among other adjoining buildings.
“However, a male adult was recovered by the Tolu Police Division around the scene and reported death from a gunshot injury as he did not suffer any traces of burnt while the Lagos Neighborhood and Safety Corps and the Red Cross were also in attendance.
“The cause of the fire is suspicious and will require details investigation to be ascertained as well as post-incident enumeration to account for the number of lockup shops and wares lost.”