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17 injured, 4 buildings collapsed from Balogun fire – LASEMA

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By Toby Prince

The Director General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, says a total of 17 people sustained injuries, including a pregnant woman and a firefighter, at the Balogun market fire incident in Lagos.

Dr Oke-Osanyintolu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday night that 15 out of the 17 were treated at the scene and discharged, while the remaining two — a pregnant woman and a firefighter — were hospitalised.

He said that the pregnant woman’s injury was as a result of shock she experienced while the firefighter was injured from one of the collapsed building.

“A total of nine buildings were severely affected, four had already collapsed and being leveled to ground zero having failed integrity tests,” he said.

”The remaining five buildings also affected will be subjected to testing; those that fail will also be demolished.

”The bulk of the fire has been curtailed, while some pockets remain along with some residual sparks and the fire services continue in their efforts to fully extinguish the flames,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.

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