Good Worth Millions Destroyed As Fire Guts Another Market In Edo


Goods worth millions of naira were on Saturday night destroyed when fire razed a section of Ikpoba hill market in Ikpoba Okha local government area of Edo State.

It was gathered that the fire which started at about 9pm on Saturday night razed over 15 shops mainly caravans and make-shift shops

It was further gathered that the owner of one of the electronic shops affected by the fired simply identified as Tony, was rushed to the hospital after he collapsed on hearing the news.

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An eyewitness, Mr. Peter, said, “at about 9pm, we saw smoke from one of the shops and before we know what was happening, the whole place was engulfed with fire.

He said before the fire fighters that came to scene couldn’t do anything, the fire had already engulfed the shops and razed goods worth millions of naira.

He said the shop owners could not savage their goods, as the shops were already engulfed in fire before their arrival.

One of the shop owners, who was around when our reporter visited the scene declined comment, saying it is pointless talking about the incident because they will not get help from the government of individual.

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“Are you going to help me if I talk to you. Just leave me alone,” she said.

A sympathiser, Mr. John Izu, said they are still wondering what must have caused the fire, as there was no electricity in the area.

He blamed the fire service which he said didn’t come on time to savage the shop.

“This is an electronic shop and goods here worth over N10 million. I know the owner and he is currently at the hospital because of the incident,” he said.

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