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There are reports that the popular Mile 12 Market in Lagos State has been on fire since last night. Though details of the fire outbreak remain sketchy, Nigerian twitter users have been talking about it. The inferno is currently trending on twitter and has attracted different reactions from Nigerians. See Abike Ade’s other Tweets: Quote People are losing their goods and properties worth millions of naira from this fire outbreak happening every now and then and now Mile 12 has been hit too. How long before somebody dies in these mysterious fires? Are these fires being investigated to determine the cause? Sabi Talk@RichardWonder2 Quote Seeing mile 12 on fire, I don’t know if this is spiritual or not, but I do know that this is dry season, almost anything and everything is flammable. Let’s all just be extra cautious with our activities, because even the smallest spark can set up a fire right now..#mile12 Zeesugar@Zeesugar1 Quote MILE 12 market is burning The government need to look in to this and find a lasting solution to constant burning of markets in Lagos@followlasg @LagosTalks913 Adebimpe for a better Nigeria @BimpeRoyale Quote Mile 12 is a perishable foods market, how is there a fire there. No market seems to be spared. This is getting scary and I’m beginning to think there are questionable motives behind these market fires.

Men of the Anambra state fire service were on Saturday night attacked by angry mob following fire outbreak along new Motor spare Parts Nkpor, near Onitsha.

The Nation gathered that the incident occurred when a truck conveying mattresses touched an electric cable within the area.

The overloaded truck reportedly caught fire after it hooked on a naked wire disconnected from an electric pole.

The attackers, who accused the fire fighters of late arrival, , were said to have thrown stones on them.

The Chief fire fighter, Engr. Martin Agbili, expressed disappointment over the action.

He said people should know that fire fighters were also humans and not the cause of fire outbreaks.

Agbili said the fire trucks of the agency were damaged in the process, while his men managed to escape.

He said: “At about 9.46pm, Anambra State Fire Service received a distress call of Fire outbreak along new Motor spare Parts Nkpor.

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“Immediately, we deployed our fire trucks and firefighters to the fire scene.

“It was a truck overloaded with mattresses that gutted fire by which ignited fire when the overloaded mattresses hooked on a naked wire that was disconnected from an electric pole along new motor spare parts, Nkpor.

“As the first fire truck got to the fire scene, some uninformed persons started throwing stones on fire truck and firefighters.

*At the process, they damaged our Fire trucks and firefighters escaped. Just look at what they did to our fire truck and will later expect firefighters to respond to fire outbreaks.

Also reacting, the police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed described the mob action as unfortunate and condemnable.

Mohammed, in a statement, said the truck carrying the mattress was gutted by fire together with a nearby shop before the fire was put off.

He however said no life was lost nor injury recorded in the incident.

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He said, “Fire fighters were attacked by a mob who smashed the truck’s windscreen with stones before Police rescued and escorted the truck to safety.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that cause of fire was as a result of overload of a truck conveying mattresses that touched a PHCN cable and ignited fire while the truck driver escaped.

“Police patrol teams attached to Ogidi Division immediately rushed to the scene and cordoned off the Area.

“Meanwhile, the behaviours of some misguided elements who attacked fire fighters while trying to put off the fire was quite unfortunate and will not be condoned by the Command.

“Commissioner of Police, John Abang therefore urges parents and guardians to caution their children to refrain from indulging into such act or face the full wraths of the law when arrested.”

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