Belongings thrown from buildings as firefighters battle huge blaze in Lagos

Nigerian man with a bucket of water battles valiantly against huge fire

The fire appears to have broken out in the upper section of a five-storey complex containing a textile business on Martin Street.

Daily Trust reports that the Balogun fire raged on even as the fire-fighters tried to put it out with heavy smoking bellowing out from the building.

The fire occurred at the Mandiillas axis of the popular Balogun market.

'We have split our team in two to fight both fires, ' said Ganiyu Olayiwola, head of the Federal Fire Service in Lagos.

The two fires do not appear to be related, he said, adding that it was not immediately clear if there were any casualties.

It is unclear exactly what he was aiming at, but he flung his bucket repeatedly towards a small part of the fire after refilling it with water.

It was also learnt that the building, had in previous years witnessed such fire outbreak, especially when the year was coming to an end.

Nigerian firefighters were trying to extinguish a major fire at the Balogun market in central Lagos on Tuesday.

In March, at least 20 people, a lot of them schoolchildren, died with the collapse of a three-story building housing a school, residential apartments and shops.

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