More PHOTOS from massive explosion in Lagos warehouse

A huge fire has ripped through several buildings in Lagos Island.

The massive fire gutted eight houses and injured forty people according to Ibrahim Farinloye, the National Emergency Management Agency spokesperson in Lagos.

The blaze is believed to have started in a warehouse which was storing fireworks.

The sheer scale of the destruction stunned many witnesses.

Fire crews are said to have taken up to an hour to reach the scene. Some local people grabbed firefighting equipment to try to tackle the blaze.

NEMA said the army, navy and airforce joined in putting out the fire by midday.

One person reported dead from the fire.

A pall of thick, black smoke hung over the scene of the fire which happened in a densely packed area.

Fire in Lagos market

Fire in Lagos market

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Rescue officials prepare to remove a victim placed in a polythene bag after fireworks stored in a building exploded in a densely populated area in Isale Eko district of Lagos. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

Rescue officials prepare to remove a victim placed in a polythene bag after fireworks stored in a building exploded in a densely populated area in Isale Eko district of Lagos. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

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An electric pole lies on the ground behind people after explosives stored in a building exploded in a densely populated area in Isale Eko district in Lagos.
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Massive explosion after fireworks ignite in Lagos

Massive explosion after fireworks ignite in Lagos

Massive explosion after fireworks ignite in Lagos

Massive explosion after fireworks ignite in Lagos

Massive explosion after fireworks ignite in Lagos

Massive explosion after fireworks ignite in Lagos

Massive explosion after fireworks ignite in Lagos

Massive explosion after fireworks ignite in Lagos

massive explosion in Lagos warehouse

massive explosion in Lagos warehouse

Credit: BBC/AP

  1. john eden Reply

    Oh God intervane in dis incident

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