Ikeja City Mall, Lagos, which many refer to by the name of popular supermarket, Shoprite, is on fire. One of the stores in the Mall, Mr. Price, is ablaze. Shoppers at the mall, which was recently opened, panicked when the fire broke out.
However, efforts are on to put out the fire. It was learnt that the response of the Lagos State Fire Service, which has an office at the back of the shopping mall, responded promptly. It was learnt that the fire broke out around 11am. Mr. Price is located close to Entrance 1 of the mall.
The entire mall has been evacuated as at press time.
The management of Ikeja City Mall, have released a statement, with regards to the fire incident which happened this morning in the facility.
They noted that the cause of the fire was likely an electric fault and thanked the emergency services, who responded on time to out out the fire.
The statement read:
The management of the Ikeja City Mall is very grateful to the great people of Lagos State and the emergency services that responded to the fire incident that occurred this morning (15 January 2013) at about 11:15 in one of the stores, Mr. Price.
The fire, according to Mr. Steve Idornigie the Operations Manager of the ICM, Mr. Price store manager reported the incident to him and emergency staff responded immediately.
On what caused the fire, Mr. Steve said from preliminary investigations, it seems the fire emanated from an electric power point. However investigations, he said, are ongoing to ascertain the cause of the fire.
“The process of evacuation was swift,” he said. “The customers conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and allowed the emergency services people to do their work.”
“In terms of damage, no goods were lost neither was anyone injured. However some clothes got wet as a result of the water from the men of the Federal Fire Service.
We would like to thank them for their professionalism and valiance, along with the men of Lagos State Emergency Service, National Emergency Agency, the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency and the Civil Defense.”
Mr. Idornigie assured the customers and tenants that Ikeja City Mall would be reopened for business at 3pm today.