Policeman killed as burning building in Balogun market

The six-storey building gutted by fire on Tuesday in Lagos Island has collapsed, killing a policeman at the scene.The late officer, Sergeant Michael Dominic is attached to Ebute Ero Police Station, Lagos Island.

According to TheGuardianng, The building located at No. 43, Martins Street, Lagos Island, collapsed around 9.pm on Tuesday as firemen continued to battle the inferno.A section of the burning building collapsed on the policeman, severely injuring him while trying to control the crowd. Confirming the death, LASEMA spokesman, Mr. Nosa Okunbor, described it as unfortunate. He said the portion that collapsed was weakened by the fire.

He also disclosed that the building presently poses public danger and all the perimeters cordoned to avoid further fatality.Also speaking on death, Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Lagos Central Business District, Olanrewaju Elegushi said the policeman died in the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, visited Martins Street on the Lagos Island to sympathise with Balogun Market traders, following the inferno.

The Governor, however, said the fire incident brought out the need for total regeneration of Lagos Island to prevent incidents that could endanger the lives of residents. The move, Sanwo-Olu added, would include a meeting with owners of some abandoned high-rise buildings dotting the area for possible use of the property.

Besides, he said the Government would be conducting integrity test on all buildings in the Central Business District (CBD) on Lagos Island, adding that his administration would re-visit the regeneration master plan already designed by previous administrations. He urged all families that own property on the Lagos Island to support the move.

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