Deadly explosion leaves over 1,000 shops shut in Ladipo spare parts market

Deadly explosion leaves over 1,000 shops shut in Ladipo spare parts market

A deadly explosion has left businesses paralysed on the ever-busy Ojekunle Street in the popular Ladipo Market area of Lagos State on Tuesday as over 1,000 shops were shut down.

It could be recalled that a deadly gas explosion rocked a mechanic workshop on numbers 35 and 37 of the long lane, leaving at least five persons burnt to death. It was gathered that the explosion rocked a mechanic premises around 8am on Tuesday.

About 60 buildings including two-storey and one-storey structures wholly housing shops were closed for business activities due to the incident. Each of the building housed at least 40 shops.

Security operatives and emergency responders have cordoned off the area as rescue operations and on-the-spot assessment continue.

Hundreds of traders were seen in front of their shops discussing in twos and threes as first responders evacuate burnt bodies of victims.

The shutdown according to the traders is a show of solidarity.

Adressing newsmen at the scene, Lagos State Police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu,  said once the place is okay for human activities, the whole place would be opened.

“I cannot say one hour, two hours, three hours; it is for the experts to do that.”

The Ladipo Market, popularly known for spare parts and other vehicle accessories, also accommodates mechanics and other automobile technicians, amongst others.

The market is one of the largest spare parts hubs in Nigeria.

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