There was a fire outbreak at Apongbon market, yesterday, March 23rd, 2022.
The Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Margaret Adeseye explained that the fire service received a call at about 3:14 am on Wednesday.
The fire destroyed the majority of the wooden constructed shops and the vehicles under the bridge which in turn engulfed a large section of the bridge. Most of the shops were said to be the ones that sold baking materials.
The fire outbreak led to serious traffic at both Eko and Carter bridges and the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority
tweeted, urging motorists to ply a different route.
The tweet stated that “Motorists who are yet to connect Eko Bridge are advised to use alternative routes such as Third-Mainland Bridge and Carter Bridge”
“Emergency Responding Agencies like Fire Service, LASEMA, LASTMA are all on ground.”
The fire reportedly was quenched at around 1 pm but the aftermath, unfortunately, remained on the bridge.
The Lagos state government has in turn announced the closure of the bridge indefinitely and also issued a 48-hour notice to the traders that own containers and makeshift shops under the bridge.
The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu announced that the bridge has been shut pending when integrity and Environmental Impact Assessment, EIA, is conducted on the bridge to determine the level of public safety.
Sources: Vanguard News, Channels Television.