Lagos state government has indefinitely shut down Eko Bridge following a fire outbreak in the Apongbon area of the state.
The government also issued a 48 hours notice to owners and occupants of makeshift and containerized shops under bridges across the state or face the consequences.
The fire which started around 3 am on Wednesday, March 23, damaged the bridge and also destroyed properties and goods worth millions of naira.
The Director, Lagos State Fire, and Rescue Services, Margaret Adeseye, in a statement on Wednesday, said the intensity of the fire affected the bridge, adding that movement on the corridor was truncated.
“The fire, which was reported around 3.14 am on Wednesday under the Eko Bridge at Apongbon, where various stocks in trade are plied, was met by the first set of crews of the agency on arrival.
“The nature of the fire was disastrous; there has been no reported case of injury or death.”
The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said the fire started from the illegal structures and containers where flammable items were stored.
Osanyitolu also said a post-disaster assessment revealed the need for a thorough review of the location, including integrity tests of the bridge.
“This will be carried out with all stakeholders, including the Federal Ministry for Works, Lagos State Ministries of Works, Special Duties and the Environment; Lagos Fire Service, Federal Fire Service, National Emergency Management Agency, and others.
“The occupants of the illegal structures have been issued a notice of 48 hours to remove same from the location to prevent any secondary incident.”
The Lagos government has now announced that the bridge will remain closed pending the conclusion of the integrity test.
The statement read;
“TRAVEL ALERT: Eko Bridge has been shut indefinitely by the Lagos State Government due to a fire outbreak at Apongbon in the early hours of today.
“Bridge likely to remain closed until an integrity test is conducted. All are advised to factor development into their travel plans and consider security/safety in the selection of alternative routes.”
Alternative routes include the Ijora/Apapa area, the Leventis/UBA roundabout to connect the Marina area, or the Ebute Ero axis to link Inner Marina and Third Mainland Bridge.