(Photos) Fire engulfs Muritala Airport and Balogun market

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A panic report gathered that Passengers and airport users were thrown into panic on Wednesday as fire engulfed one of the offices at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

It was learnt that the fire occurred at the E-Arrival Wing of the terminal, disrupting flight activities and triggering panic among passengers as they fled the international terminal.

Firefighters and aviation security officials were immediately deployed in the wing where the incident occurred.

Some security officials also assisted in evacuating some passengers from the terminal to avoid stampede.

Findings by reporters showed that the fire started in the office of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency at about 1pm.

It was said no big loss was suffered as a result of the incident.

An airport worker, Mr. Titus Nwoke, said the fire was quickly contained by relevant authorities.

He said, “I just heard people shouting, ‘fire fire’, from my office. When I came out, I found out that people were already running helter-skelter.

The General Manager, Corporate Communications, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Mr. Yakubu Dati, said it was a minor fire.

Later, in a statement, he said, “There was a minor smoke incident at the “E” arrival wing of the International terminal of the MMIA at about 1.13pm today (Wednesday).

“The smoke was quickly traced to some offices at the E wing on the ground floor of the terminal by a combined team of FAAN’s electrical engineers and fire officers.”

He added that Investigations had commenced to ascertain the real cause of the fire.

A night fire in the Balogun Market on the Lagos Island has destroyed property estimated at billions of naira.

Eight lock-up shops stored with bags, shoes and textile materials were razed.

Firemen from the Lagos State Fire Service later arrived at the scene around 12am and combated the inferno till 4am Wednesday.

The smokes were finally put out around 11am.

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