Massive fire tears through slum in Lagos, Nigeria

Associated Press

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A massive fire is tearing through a slum in Nigeria's megacity of Lagos.

The fire started Tuesday afternoon in the Ebute Metta neighborhood of Lagos. The blaze's massive flames could be seen from the city's long Third Mainland Bridge. Many people stopped their cars on the bridge to take mobile phone images of the fire.

Emergency officials in Lagos could not be immediately reached for comment. Fire remains a major danger in Nigeria, where many people store gasoline and diesel in their homes to run generators for electricity.

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