Lagos State Government Shut Down Eko Bridge Due To Fire Outbreak.

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.

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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.”

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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.

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Sources: Vanguard News, Channels Television.

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