21 December 2012

Nigeria: Fire Destroys Goods Worth Millions of Naira in FCT Market

An early morning fire in a market in Karu in the FCT on Friday destroyed goods worth more than N10 million.

Mr Jimmy Imewa, leader of the Federal Fire Service team that controlled the fire, confirmed the fire the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) during a visit to the scene of the incident on Friday.

Imewa said that he "got a call around 4 a.m. from Karu Market alerting him of a fire outbreak from one of the shops in the market, which is close to the transformer near ECWA clinic.

He said that the Fire Service responded immediately to the call, but when they got there, about seven shops were already affected.

"This is our third round, the first and second could not put out the fire and we do not know the cause of the fire.

"We are, however, suspecting electrical fault because the building housing the shops is very close to the transformer," Imewa said.

Mr Malachy Onah, a trader, who sells foam in one of the affected shops, said that he received a phone call from a man who lives around the market informing him of the fire.

"I was woken up this morning by a call at about 5 a.m, informing me that there was a fire incident in the market and that my shop was affected.

"I did not know what to do when I got there; just yesterday my goods arrived; goods worth more than N3 million were gutted by fire, just like that, and nothing was saved, it is very painful," Onah said.

Mr Celestine Ozor, who operates a restaurant in one of the affected shops, said "the fire has destroyed my only source of livelihood and I am not sure of what to do next.

NAN reports that the seven shops affected by the fire are a bookshop, a foam shop, a plastics sales shop, MTN sales office, foodstuff outlet, a restaurant and a dry-cleaning shop. (NAN)

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