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30 hurt in Lagos fire

27 December 2012, 09:46

Lagos - A fire in a crowded area of Nigeria's main city of Lagos believed to be storing fireworks on Wednesday spread to at least nine buildings and 30 people were treated for injuries, a rescue worker said.

"We have treated up to 30 people so far," Red Cross worker Nicolas Adesile told AFP at the scene, adding there had not been any reports of deaths.

An AFP journalist reported at least nine buildings on fire following an explosion at a shop believed to be storing fireworks.

A strong explosion could be heard in parts of the sprawling city followed by smoke. An official with the National Emergency Management Agency (Nema) said initial information was that a shop storing fireworks had caught fire.

"Nema has mobilised response agencies and volunteers to an explosion in a building suspected to be loaded with (fireworks) in the Jankara area of Lagos," agency spokesperson Yushau Shuaib said in a statement.

"Search and rescue officers of Nema having hectic time to reach the place due to traffic and crowds."

The incident occurred in the Lagos Island area, among the oldest and most densely packed neighbourhoods in the city of some 15 million people.

Fireworks are popular in Nigeria during the Christmas and New Year holidays.



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