Fire guts Lagos shopping mall, bank


Textile materials and fashion accessories, estimated at millions of Naira, have been consumed after fire gutted a shopping plaza on Broad Street, Lagos Island area of Lagos State.


In a related development, a section of Skye Bank in the Ikeja area of the state was also gutted by fire, destroying some property.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the Lagos Island fire started around 8.55am after a power surge.

Workers at the plaza were said to have made efforts at putting out the fire before inviting officials of the Lagos State Fire Service and men of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency.

While some traders watched helplessly as their goods burnt, others were said to have struggled to salvage their wares, as the firefighters battled the flames.

The General Manager of LASEMA, Michael Bamidele, said there was no casualty in the incident, adding that some traders were able to save their wares.

In the Ikeja fire incident, PUNCH Metro gathered that the server room of Skye Bank caught fire around 10.50am.

The prompt response of firemen from the Ikeja fire station was said to have prevented the fire from escalating.


Our correspondent was told by a firefighter that the fire was also caused by a power surge.

“They were able to call the fire service on time and that was what saved the day. The fire started from their internet server room.

“But we were able to stand with them till the problem was fixed and banking operation resumed without much delay,” he added.