The Federal Government says it will begin the immediate assessment of the damage caused by an early morning fire under Apongbon Bridge, Lagos, on Wednesday.
It was reported that fire broke out Wednesday morning at Apongbon market on Lagos Island.
Firefighters tried to stop the inferno whose cause is yet to be established.
Sympathisers also joined in efforts to put out the inferno, using buckets of water and sand to tackle the fire spreading between shops.
Ibrahim Farinloye, South-West Zonal Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), confirmed to the News Agency of Nigeria that the agency got a distress call about 6 am and was able to immediately take control of the traffic situation.
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A report by NAN, says the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, Olukayode Popoola, confirmed on phone that officials of the Federal Ministry of Works were at the scene.
According to Popoola, the bridge would be shut for immediate integrity tests after a joint inspection to be conducted by a team of engineers from the Federal Ministry of Works and a team from the Lagos State Ministry of Works, at 3 pm.
“Our engineers are already there working and I am coming there with Lagos State officials by 3.00 p.m. today.
We will shut the bridge for integrity tests,” he said.